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Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week is July 22-28

Image: Generations of Love image for NFP Week 2018. Family around an outdoor dinner table.Generations of Love: Celebrate God's Gift of Married Love!

"Celebrate and reverence God's vision of human sexuality." 
 
Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), is July 22-28, 2018.
 
“The Church’s teaching on marital sexuality is an invitation for men and women — an invitation to let God be God, to receive the gift of God’s love and care, and to let this gift inform and transform us, so we may share that love with each other and with the world.” (excerpt from Married Love and the Gift of Life)
 
Natural Family Planning, or NFP, is a method of birth regulation that is consistent with Catholic marriage vows by which a couple takes time to understand and recognize the natural and biological signs of fertility and infertility.
 
The dates of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. The dates also mark the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26), the parents of the Blessed Mother. Learn more using the resources provided below:

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae

We're hosting events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of Blessed Paul VI's Humanae vitae, the historic encyclical on human life. (Details)

Related articles

Humanae Vitae at 50 - How natural family planning strengthened our marriage by Julie Cook for FAITH Grand Rapids magazine (Read)
Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI - 50 years later in July/August Envision (Read) 

Events in our parishes

Click here for details about parish events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae.
 
Additional resources
​Description ​Resource
​NFP resources from the USCCB Natural Family Planning Awareness Week
Liturgy & Prayers
Catholic Teaching
Suggestions for how to celebrate NFP Awareness in your area
Sixteen-part educational video series helpful for parents, diocesan staff, teachers, Catholic physicians, and parents. CONTRACEPTION: The Real Story
Sign up for NFP courses & find additional resources Natural Family Planning
 
If you have questions, please contact DJ Florian in the office of pastoral services.
Director of Family, Youth, and Young Adults Mark Mann in the office of marriage and family.