Natural Family Planning (NFP) refers to fertility-awareness-based methods of regulating conception. Based on scientific research, NFP is consistent with Catholic teaching and creates opportunities for married couples to take time together to understand, recognize and talk about the natural and biological signs of fertility and infertility.

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is July 21-27

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, with the theme this year of “Love Naturally! Cooperating with God’s design for married love,” celebrates these fertility-based awareness methods and the marriage-strengthening benefits they offer for couples.

The dates of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week highlight the anniversary of the Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. July 25 and 26 which fall during NFP Awareness Week, mark the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Blessed Mother.

Learn more using the resources provided below.

NFP resources from the USCCB:

NFP Awareness Week
Q & A about NFP
Directory of National Providers
Liturgy & Prayers
Catholic Teaching

Learn about, register for NFP classes in the Grand Rapids area:

Grand Rapids NFP Coalition
Fertility Education & Support at the Franciscan Life Process Center

If you have questions, please contact Mark Mann in the office of Family, Youth and Young Adult Ministry.