Natural Family Planning (NFP)

In the Diocese of Crookston and surrounding areas there are certified teaching couples and instructors available to teach and guide married couples in the following Natural Family Planning (NFP) methods: 

 - Couple to Couple League (CCL) Sympto-Thermal Method 

 - Creighton Model Fertility Care System featuring NaPro Technology Method

 - Billings Ovulation Method of America (BOMA) Method

 - Marquette Model (MM) Method

What is Natural Family Planning (NFP)? 

“The Catholic Church supports the methods of Natural Family Planning (NFP) because they respect God's design for married love. In fact, NFP represents the only authentic approach to family planning available to husbands and wives because these methods can be used to both attempt or avoid pregnancy. When learning about NFP, it is important to know that Natural Family Planning is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve and avoid pregnancies. These methods are based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman's menstrual cycle. Couples using NFP to avoid pregnancy abstain from intercourse and genital contact during the fertile phase of the woman's cycle. No drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy.

NFP reflects the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the value of the child. By respecting the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife.” (Used with the permission of USCCB.ORG/NFP)

For more information on Natural Family Planning, including the different methods, please visit here.

National Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week

Some of the strongest believers in NFP are couples who ignored it at the beginning of their marriage.  They probably heard about NFP during their marriage preparation but never seriously considered being trained for a variety of reasons.  Then, at some point later in their marriage, again for a variety of reason, they turned to NFP and began to use one of the many methods and found that it deepened their marital union.  How does using NFP do this?  They do not all tell the same story but the result is similar.  It is important that the Church presents NFP not only to engaged couples but also to married couples who will benefit from following God’s natural plan for fertility.

The annual NFP Awareness Week will be July 23-29, 2017 and I encourage parishes to hold this up to their members.  The slogan for the annual NFP Awareness week sponsored by the USCCB is “It’s time! Say “Yes” to God’s plan for married love.  Natural Family Planning.”  Every parish will soon be receiving a card from the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth about the event and supportive material for the week can be found HERE.

The national office has not yet updated the liturgy and sermon notes from 2016 but I am told they will soon be.  I wish to encourage all priests and deacons to use NFP Awareness Week to use the opportunity of Sunday Mass, through sermon, announcements and/or prayers of the faithful, to highlight NFP in their parishes.  I will keep an eye on the website and, given that they update the page in a timely fashion, will use a future general mailing to send you a link to their sermon notes.  The website currently also includes articles that could be inserted into your Sunday Bulletin and also has a poster that can be ordered or printed from a pdf file and displayed in public areas.  Please let me know if there are any specific resources I can help you find (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Deacon Mark Krejci, Ph.D.

Director of Marriage, Family & Life
218-281-4533 ext. 425