Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is a national educational campaign. The Diocesan Family Service Centre sends a letter each year to make aware in the parishes the reason and beauty of NFP.
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 Church teaches that the sacrament of marriage symbolizes Christ’s relationship with His Church. What is this relationship but one of total, faithful, permanent, and fruitful love! This is exactly what Our Archbishop wants us to reflect this pastoral year through his Pastoral Letter.
When couples live their vocation according to Church teachings, especially with regard to the transmission of life, many benefits can be reaped. Indeed, married couples who use Natural Family Planning (NFP) report that among these benefits is their mutual growth in holiness and consequent deepening of their respect and awe of God’s gifts of human sexuality, marriage and family. These are gifts that call for praise!
Prayer and Liturgy is at the heart of the Catholic faith-filled life. It is important to plan prayer events that reflect on God’s plan for married love. In addition, clergy should encourage married couples to pray about God’s will for their families. Is it time to welcome another child in the family? Prayerful discernment is a real aide for husband and wife.
The Sunday homily is the primary way most Catholics learn about the faith. The celebration of National NFP Awareness Week provides clergy with an opportunity to catechize the faithful on Natural Family Planning and Catholic teaching which supports its use in marriage.
When preaching on these subjects, it is important for priests to be mindful of the sensitive nature of the topic. For example, the homily is not the place where details of human fertility, or NFP methodology are provided (have printed resources displayed in the vestibule for that!). Rather, homilies are where Catholic teaching on marriage, conjugal love and responsible parenthood are covered and NFP information is included in a general and tactful style.
If possible, pastors should try to have NFP teachers at some Masses where they can distribute NFP brochures or booklets and answer questions.
Some more resources
To make a marriage retreat log in to http://www.foryourmarriage.org/marriage-retreat-1-marriage-love-and-life-in-the-divine-plan/
How to pray with your spouse log in to http://www.foryourmarriage.org/how-to-pray-with-your-spouse-four-simple-steps/
For learning more about Theology of the Body of Pope John Paul II log in to http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/natural-family-planning/catholic-teaching/theology-of-the-body.cfm
- Brochures for the Family (PY 15-16)
- Family Life Education Department
- Family Social Issues
- From the Director's Desk
- Kuttumbik Jivitak Series
- Parish Family Service Cells
- Pastoral Counselling Services
- Pastoral Letter 2015-16
- Pastoral Letter 2016-17
- Pastoral Letter 2022-23
- Pastoral Year 2015-16 FAMILY, BECOME WHAT YOU ARE
- Pastoral Year 2017-18
- Pastoral Year 2021-22
- Pro Life Department
- Proceedings of the XIV Ordinary Synod on the Family
- Responsible Parenthood Department
- X World Meeting of Families
- XIV ORDINARY SYNOD OF BISHOPS ON FAMILY