Sunday, July 19, 2015

Discover Natural Family Planning it 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 Awareness Week 2015 is July 19-26.  These dates highlight the

anniversary of the papal encyclical Human Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, marriage, conjugal love and responsible parenthood.  The dates also mark the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26), the parents of the Blessed Mother. 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 sign 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." (CC, no. 2370). Questions?  Contact Ted and Angie Grieshop  at 582-2162



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