Friday 06 August 2021
SALT LAKE CITY – Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a general title for ethical, natural, safe, and effective methods of achieving and preventing pregnancy in marriage. NFP methods teach couples how to observe and interpret the signs of a woman’s fertility and infertility. In the words of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the NFP methods ârespect the bodies of the spouses, encourage tenderness between them and promote the education of authentic freedomâ. (CCC, n Â° 2370)
Natural Family Planning Awareness Week took place July 25-31 this year, marking the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae vitae, which was published on July 25, 1968. This encyclical of Pope Paul VI articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, marriage, conjugal love and responsible parenthood.
âTo haveâ¦ to holdâ¦ to honor natural family planning, to support God’s gifts of love and life in marriageâ was the theme of this year’s National Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, an educational campaign of the Conference. United States Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to celebrate God’s vision for marriage and promote natural family planning methods.
The Marriage and Family Office of the Diocese of Salt Lake City joins US Bishops in highlighting the benefits of NFP as an ethical method to help married couples live out God’s purpose for their marriage.
âI encourage all families and parish communities to take this opportunity to learn more about our Church’s teaching on human sexuality and God’s purpose for marriage. For years, natural family planning has been a source of God’s grace to many married couples as they live out his call to faithfulness, unity and love, becoming witnesses of a true marital love and responsible parenthood towards others, âsaid Bishop Oscar A. Solis. .
To learn more about the NFP methods available in our diocese, visit dioslc.org/offices/office-of-marriage-and-family/marriage-preparation.
The Catholic Church invites all the faithful to embrace God’s plan for conjugal love. Learn more about these beautiful teachings that support the use of NFP in marriage at usccb.org/topics/natural-family-planning/church-teaching.
Please join us in spreading awareness of God’s purpose for marital love and the gift of life and the methods of NFP.
For questions or information about the NFP in the Diocese of Salt Lake City, contact the Marriage and Family Office: [email protected], 801-456-9324.
Crystal Painter is Director of the Diocese of Salt Lake City Office of Marriage and Family Life.