NFP Awareness Week Begins July 24, 2016

“Natural Family Planning. Love, Mercy, Life. Opening the Heart of Marriage” is the theme of this year’s Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, a national educational campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to celebrate God’s vision for marriage and promote the methods of Natural Family Planning.

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for the safe, natural and effective methods of both achieving and avoiding pregnancy. NFP methods teach couples how to observe and interpret the woman’s signs of fertility and infertility. In the words of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, NFP methods “respect the bodies of the spouses, encourage tenderness between them and favor the education of an authentic freedom.” (CCC, no. 2370)

The dates of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week are: July 24th – 30th, 2016. These dates highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, marriage, conjugal love and responsible parenthood

The Family Life / Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of New York  joins with the U.S. bishops in highlighting the benefits of NFP.

Want to learn more about the methods of NFP offered in our diocese?  Perhaps you would like to schedule a local NFP class onsite or via Skype or to learn about how to connect with great Doctors, Nurses & Fertility Practitioners please visit  https://nyfamilylife.org/natural-family-planning

Don’t have time to attend an in-person class? Learn NFP in the comfort of your home by contacting one of the NFP providers listed at: http://www.usccb.org/nfp/nfp-distance-learning.cfm

The Catholic Church invites all the faithful to embrace God’s plan for married love. Learn more about these beautiful teachings which support the use of NFP in marriage at: http://www.usccb.org/nfp/catholic-teaching.

Please join the diocesan NFP team to spread the word about God’s design for married love and the gift of life as well as the methods of NFP. Contact us to get involved:  Marga Regina, NFP Coordinator at 646-794-3182 or marga.regina@archny.org.

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