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NFP Announcements

 
  • Alice and Jeff Heinzen, a married couple, parents of three adult children, grandparents, NFP teachers, and long-time marriage ministers from the Diocese of LaCrosse, are auditors at the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family in Rome (Oct. 5-19). Jeff Heinzen is the former director of marriage and family life for the Diocese of LaCrosse. Mr. Heinzen recently left that position to take on the responsibilities as president of McDonell Catholic Schools in Chippewa Falls, WI. Alice is both the diocesan NFP coordinator as well as family life director. Mrs. Heinzen is also a member of the USCCB's NFP National Advisory Board. The Heinzens have over 30 years pastoral experience of working with couples in both marriage and NFP ministry. As master teachers of the Northwest SymptoPro method, they understand the challenges and blessings of the NFP life style. The Heinzens are a joyful NFP couple that we can all be proud of! Read their reflection which they presented to the synod fathers on October 7th here.
  • The Instrumentum Laboris, the agenda of the October 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family, is available on the Vatican's website. Entitled, The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization this document provides a substantive reflection on the major challenges facing the family in the early twenty-first century as well as articulates certain pastoral challenges. Please pray for our bishops as they look forward to the Extraordinary Synod!

  • Thank you to all of you who have so energetically celebrated National NFP Awareness Week! We have received messages from NFP educators who have provided talks, worked information tables after Sunday Mass in their parishes, and also published articles in diocesan NFP newspapers and on websites. In fact, for an example of a wonderful article that the Knights of Columbus published on their FathersForGood.org website, see:

    http://www.fathersforgood.org/ffg/en/big_four/countercultural_revolutionaries.html. . .

    In addition to the above, USCCB NFP Program assistant director, Theresa Notare, PhD, offered a series of  talks in the Diocese of Crookston (Minnesota) during 2014 NFP week. The presentations were part of the diocesan year-long celebration devoted to marriage. Many thanks to Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner for launching this important year of marriage!
  • In 2014 National NFP Awareness Week was celebrated on July 20-26.
    The slogan was: NFP, it's worth it! Join the Revolution! Currently.

  • Bishop James D. Conley (Diocese of Lincoln) posted a new pastoral letter. . . on marriage and family: This is a beautifully crafted letter that can help you promote the Church's teachings on marriage, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. Read and Share!

  • The 2012 Diocesan NFP Ministry Report (Profile) is available for your study. An interesting new development is that more dioceses are now looking into requiring a full course of NFP as part of their marriage preparation. See 2012 Profile. Thank you to all diocesan NFP coordinators who had submitted your data!
    Please be advised that we are not yet ready to request your data for 2013. You will be sent an email when the website survey is ready.

  • NFP Awareness Week 2013, "Pro-Woman, Pro-Man, Pro-Child, Natural Family Planning," was a huge success. Thank you for all of your help spreading the message about NFP and Catholic teaching that supports its use in marriage in your diocese. Visit our web page for continued use of the poster and other resources.Remember to send in a brief description of how you celebrated National NFP Awareness Week in your diocese. Please include your name, contact information and the name of your diocese. This important information will help us share creative ideas with others! Please send your report to: nfp@usccb.org.

  • We are always ready to accept your ideas for future NFP Awareness Week slogans. Keep the message focused on only one message and use simple but active language .The national NFP poster design is created to try to "catch" the attention of people who do not know about the methods of NFP and the truth of God's plan for married love. If your slogan is selected, we will print your name and diocese as well as inform your bishop of the "creative" talent he has in his diocese! Please send along your ideas to: nfp@usccb.org. We would love to hear from you!

  • We are always in need of your help! If you have seen good NFP videos and resources, or know of a couple that has a great story to share, please contact us at: nfp@usccb.org. We are always looking for inspirational stories!

  • NFP goes to Belize through the Diocese of Phoenix. Members of a parish in the Diocese went on mission to Belize and were blessed to have 40 individuals participate in NFP training. Read the full article and to see pictures, check the blog

  • Science, Faith and Human Fertility, The Third Conference on Ethical Fertility Health Management, Richard Fehring and Theresa Notare, editors. Published by Marquette University Press, this book is the printed proceedings of the interdisciplinary conference co-sponsored by: the Bishops Committee of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, the Catholic University of America, School of Theology and Religious Studies, the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family at the Catholic University of America, Marquette University, College of Nursing Institute for NFP, St. Louis University, School of Nursing, Nursing Center for Fertility Education, and Georgetown University, Institute for Reproductive Health (science sessions only). Papers include reflections on NFP science and related subjects, the philosophical, theological, sociological and cultural aspects of NFP.  Available now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Marquette University Press.

  • To Diocesan NFP Coordinators: the on-line diocesan NFP coordinators' directory (Find an NFP Class) relies on the accuracy of the information posted there. Please check the information listed under your diocese and send us your edits at: nfp@usccb.org or 1-202-541-3240.



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