Natural Family Planning
NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING
God designed marriage as an "intimate partnership of life and love". In God's design, marriage is a unique union of one man with one woman "for the whole of life". Marriage is oriented to the good of the spouses and to the creation and nurture of new human life. Making decisions therefore, about when and how many children to have in marriage is a sacred responsibility that God has entrusted to husband and wife. This is the foundation of what the Church calls, "Responsible Parenthood"--the call to discern God's will for your marriage while respecting His design for life and love.
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 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.
Introductory / Informational Sessions and courses on NFP are offered each month at the Office of Family Life and throughout the Archdiocese. Learn more about “A Way of Life, A Way of Love”, by calling (405) 721-8944 or email Ana Romero for the schedule or to make an appointment. NFP is 98/99% effective in family planning for most couples when taught by a qualified instructor. It is scientific and compatible with the teaching of the Catholic Church. It is easy to learn. Classes are available in the Ovulation Method, Marquette Model, and Sympto-Thermal methods. Choose the method that is best for you.
Couple to Couple League Natural Family Planning
Billings Ovulation Method Association Natural Family Planning
Creighton Model - To find a teacher go to www.fertilitycare.org
Sympto-Thermal Method - 3 class series
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Main Class: September 18, Class #2 October 16, Class #3 November 20
The Couple to Couple League also offers virtual Classes.
To sign up for classes, visit CCLI.Org. For more information call Gail Hunt (952)381-4932.