Natural Family Planning
Education and information for you and your family
The Church teaches that married love is intended to bring forth new life. It also teaches that couples must prayerfully and generously discern if for serious reasons they may need to postpone becoming pregnant for a time or indefinitely. In such cases, and for various reasons, the Church teaches couples that it is morally acceptable to avoid pregnancy by opting not to use fertile days for their married love. This is a beautiful, layered understanding of God's design for married loved and our bodies as gifts to one another in marriage.
Helping couples to deepen conjugal love and achieve responsible parenthood is part of the Church's total pastoral ministry to Catholic spouses. Fulfillment of this ministry includes both education and pastoral care. This means "instilling conviction and offering practical help to those who wish to live out their parenthood in a truly responsible way" (Familiaris consortio, no.35).
Trained certified instructors teach a variety of natural family planning methods of learning to read and accurately interpret the body's fertility signs. Natural family planning can be used to achieve or avoid a pregnancy, and can also be used effectively regardless or cycle regularity, during any stage of a woman's reproductive life.
Please visit the OurNaturalFamily.com Natural Family Planning website. It was built for Diocese of Green Bay area residents and is full of class and teacher information, descriptions of methods, and information to help you understand this beautiful teaching of the Catholic Church and more!
Great resources for the latest in national news, updates, conferences and research for all methods of NFP! Helpful for those interested in learning more about NFP, those living NFP in their marriage and /or those involved in teaching or promoting NFP.
If you would like to help promote Natural Family Planning at your parish or elsewhere, these are some materials and resources that may be helpful.
Generally scheduled for the last week of July -- this link provides resources such as homily notes, Mass petitions, annual posters, and much more to help raise awareness of and promote NFP at your parish.