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The Diocese of Richmond (VA) has available an exciting new marriage preparation program which integrates NFP information with Church teaching. Entitled, Unveiled, this innovative program provides a consistent catechetical format for marriage preparation. Unveiled ensures the integrity of content through a series of videos and workbooks for both facilitators and couples. To find out more, contact: Center for Marriage, Family, and Life, Diocese of Richmond; Tel., 804-622-5109; Web, www.unveiledmarriage.com.
Annunciation Ministries--Evangelization Through Marriage is a pastoral service that provides general consultation to diocesan or parish staff to establish or revitalize their marriage preparation programs. Annunciation Ministries also offers help in establishing NFP programs in the parish or diocese. Contact: Kari Colella, Executive Director, Tel, 781-708-3676; firstname.lastname@example.org; Web, www.AnnunciationMinistries.com.
One More Soul: Can't find the right NFP brochure that you would like to use for a marriage preparation class? Remember that One More Soul (OMS) carries NFP and marriage ministry resources that are published not only by OMS but also by a variety of Catholic leaders and organizations . Please visit their website to view the resources, www.omsoul.com.
CONTRACEPTION: The Real Story, a resource from The St. Augustine Foundation.View at:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL67kelLVRuQGryssCNQ4QKuxHwZi_qYr0. This sixteen-part video educational resource is helpful for parents, diocesan staff (e.g., Marriage and Family Life, NFP, Pro-Life Activities, and Youth Ministry), teachers, Catholic physicians, and parents. Developed by the staff of the St. Augustine Foundation (SAF), the text was written in consultation with a variety of national NFP educators and physicians. The resource is, in part, a response to oppose the false claims of the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) September 29, 2014, "Policy Statement and Technical Report on Contraception for Adolescents." That policy statement promotes long acting and reversible contraceptives (LARC) for adolescents as "standard medical care." The SAF series provides: a summary of key Catholic teaching on marriage, conjugal love and responsible parenthood; an overview of human reproduction; a summary of the facts about various artificial contraceptives and their many negative side effects; a critique of the AAP 2014 policy; and a discussion on the virtue of chastity. The resource is also available in a PowerPoint presentation. Video, script, and graphics are available free of charge to diocesan staff. For more information, contact: John E. Fitzgerald, Director, The St. Augustine Foundation; 538 Riverdale Ave., Yonkers, NY 10705; 914-613-5510; email@example.com.
New "Theology of the Body" Video Series available from David Hajduk, a theologian, husband and father with over twenty years of experience in religious education, youth, family life, and Pro-Life ministries. This series is perfect for NFP teachers in their outreach education, parish directors of religious education, youth ministers, religion teachers and parents who want to share the beauty of life with their children.The first video (The Beginning) is now posted on Hajduk's website. Additional videos are forthcoming. For more information, visit the website of David Hajduk.
Also available from David Hajduk is his book for youth on the Theology of the Body entitled. God's Plan for You: Life, Love, Marriage and Sex.
Billings Charting App available from www.nfpcharting.com.
Lawson Culver, the talent behind NFPCharting.com has now launched an
android app for Billings users to chart their fertility cycles from the
ease of their smart phones. For more information visit: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nfpcharting.
The St. Augustine Foundation has developed a new website to help
you educate on NFP and Catholic teaching on human sexuality, the virtue
of chastity, marriage, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. A
special feature are several brief courses tailored for young adults. Also included is a video of interviews with Catholic physicians. See catholicsexuality.com.
BOMA-USA Billings Ovulation Method Association has available the second edition of the book, A Preachable Message. For couples who would like to learn the Billings Method online, WOOMB offers distance education Contact: Sue Ek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catholic Marriage Prep is an on-line resource and part of Agape Catholic Ministries in the Diocese of Colorado Springs.. It allows for both marriage prep and NFP classes in person or on the web. To find out more visit their website
On-Line Marriage Preparation developed by the Archdiocese of Chicago. This program allows engaged couples to experience a qualified Catholic Pre-Cana program completely at their convenience through the Internet. Interested? See: Online Marriage Prep
The Couple to Couple League has NFP resources for clergy. The "Clergy Packet" includes a variety of easy to read brochures that include general information on the science and couple-relationship building benefits of NFP. The brochures not only provide clergy with brief but reliable information, but also can be used as educational tools for parishioners.
Daughters Forever, Sons Forever: Helping Parents Connect with Teens on Important Issues is a book by Linda Kracht. It has companion study guides for both parents and teens. The resource covers such topics as gender, healthy eating, abortion, marriage, religious vocations, fertility, and challenges of parenting. Catholic parents are given the information, research, and practical advice to guide adolescents through the negative messages of modern culture. The author's goal is to help parents raise faithful teens and to promote healthy communication between parent and child. For more information, see: Fortifying Families of Faith.
New Annotated "Catholic Teaching" page complete. Visit it now!
"The New Face of Natural Family Planning: A New Breed of Doctors Proclaiming the Message of Women's Health and Happiness," St. Louis Review, Vol. 71, No. 10 highlights 6 resident physicians in the department of OB/GYN who plan to specialize in NFP!
Now available, the video, "Saying I Do: What Happens at a Catholic Wedding," introduces viewers to the Roman Catholic Rite of Marriage and answers frequently asked questions about Catholic marriage. This 22-minute video is available for free on the homepage of the For Your Marriage Website
On-line Introduction to the Billings Method Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago this on-line course provides an introduction to the science of NFP and the Billings Method in particular. A special feature is a video of the NFP couple who teach and witness to living the NFP lifestyle. Supplemental materials such as PDF documents for further reading are also included. Register on their website For more information contact: Maria Garcia, NFP Coordinator, Archdiocese of Chicago, (312) 534-8273; e-mail: email@example.com.
"Women and ART" by Mary Shivanandan, Humanum Review, Summer 2012.
WOOMB International, of the Billings Ovulation Method, has recently updated their website. It provides information about their international activities as well as the science and philosophy underpinning the method. New pages have been added as well as options in Spanish, French, Chinese, Vietnamese as well as English.
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