The 50th anniversary of Humanae vitae was celebrated in 2018. Visit our HV 50th Anniversary Resource Page for information and resources.
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God designed marriage as an "intimate partnership of life and love" (see Gaudium et Spes, no. 48). In God's design, marriage is a unique union of one man with one woman "for the whole of life" (see Canon 1055, The Code of Canon Law). Marriage is oriented to the good of the spouses and to the creation and nurture of new human life (see Gaudium et Spes, no. 48). 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 and genital contact 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. (Standards for Diocesan Natural Family Planning Ministry, p. 23)
This section of the USCCB website provides information and resources that will help you to learn about the methods of Natural Family Planning and Catholic teaching which supports its use in marriage. Many of the resources here are tailored for diocesan NFP coordinators, teachers and educators.
2018 was the 50th anniversary year of the papal encyclical, Humanae vitae written by St. Paul VI in 1968. The encyclical provides beautiful and clear teaching about God's plan for married love and the transmission of life.
Please visit the links below to view the past calendar of events and to access helpful resources on our Humanae vitae page. Check out the videos of the historic academic symposium held at The Catholic University of America in April 2018. And, visit our Prayer and Liturgy page for monthly prayers inspired by Humanae vitae.
Humanae vitae Events and Resource page
The HUMANAE VITAE 50TH ANNIVERSARY SYMPOSIUM held at The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC on April 4-6, 2018 was co-sponsored by the bishops' Committee for Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and funded in part by Our Sunday Visitor Institute. The papers from this important event will be published in the near future. Meanwhile, to view videos of the presentations visit the USCCB YouTube page. To learn more about this event see the Humanae vitae page at The School of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America.
Humanae Vitae, 50 Years Later, Embracing God's Vision for Marriage, Love, and Life, A Compendium is available from The Catholic University of America Press (2019). Edited by Theresa Notare, Ph.D., Assistant Director, NFP Program, USCCB, this book features the papers from the 2018 Humanae vitae 50th-anniversary symposium held at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC (April 4-6). Orders, 1-800-537-5487.
Humanae vitae 50th Anniversary Prayers page
- 2020 National NFP Awareness Week is July 19-25. We are currently working on the theme and expect to post it and the new poster mid-winter. To view resources, see National NFP Awareness Week.
- Past National NFP Awareness Week Posters. Many of the past NFP Week posters can be used in your ongoing educational efforts since they do not include the dates of the year in which they were produced. See past posters. To order posters call toll-free: 1-866-582-0943 or write email@example.com.
- Please visit our education page for healthcare professionals! We have links and files of resources that can save you time and energy. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for access to MP4 files on an introduction to the science and methodology of NFP available from FACTS (Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Science). These files provide a general overview of all NFP methods offered in the USA. In addition, PowerPoint slides with notes on the general science of NFP are available from Marquette University's NFP Institute. They have graciously donated them to us for your educational efforts!
See: NFP Education for Healthcare Professionals
Please send us information about your NFP events. We will post them here to spread the good news!
January 28, 2020: BOMA USA offers its first webinar of 2020. The speaker is Fr. Dan McCaffrey from NFP Outreach. The presentation will begin at 7:00 PM (Central Time). To register as well as check out up-coming webinars see https://www.boma-usa.org/events.html.
March 9-11, 2020: WOOMB International in collaboration with PFNGC, WOOMB Benin will co-sponsor an international educational conference and Billings' teacher training conference in Cotonou, Benin (West Africa). Visit the website and consider attending, https://woombconferencebenin2020.com/fr/index.php.
July 22-25, 2020: The American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals' annual meeting, in Clayton, MO. For the agenda and registration information, see https://aafcp.net/annualmeeting.
December 9-12, 2020: The National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers (NACFLM) annual conference will be held in collaboration with the conference of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM). The events will be held in New Orleans, LA. Stay tuned for more information at www.nacflm.org.
- Humanae Vitae, 50 Years Later, Embracing God's Vision for Marriage, Love, and Life, A Compendium is available from The Catholic University of America Press (2019). Edited by Theresa Notare, Ph.D., Assistant Director, NFP Program, USCCB, this book features the papers from the 2018 Humanae vitae 50th-anniversary symposium held at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC (April 4-6). Orders, 1-800-537-5487.
- Dr. Thomas W. Higers' book Blinders: The Destructive Downstream Impact of Contraception, Abortion, and IVF (2018), is available on Amazon. This book reviews the evidence on the destructive effects of these practices in the lives of many people.
- The Archdiocese of St. Louis has available a template for a brochure that can easily be adapted for your NFP ministry. Entitled "What Can NFP Do for You?," the St. Louis NFP staff also offer an option to work with their printer so that you can order hard copies directly. Please see www.archstl.org/nfp-brochure-order-page. Contact Melissa Barnason, Office Assistant, Office of NFP, tel. 1-314-997-7576; email@example.com.
- NFP and More has a free brochure on the benefits of breastfeeding. Written by John and Shelia Kippley, This brochure can be downloaded at http://www.nfpandmore.org/brochure.shtml.
- Off the Charts is a subscription online community of NFP users. Jenny Uebbing (from the Archdiocese of Denver) founded this amazing website to provide on-going pastoral help to NFP users. Want to learn more? See www.offthechartsnfp.com. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Minnesota Catholic Conference has available free videos on Catholic teaching on the person and human sexuality from the one-day symposium “Revisit the Catholic Vision of the Human Person.” View the talks at https://www.mncatholic.org (select the link in the scrolling images); or, go to their YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiXvsyO7_90YpY4imuBqCbg.
- Ruah Woods is offering freshman and sophomore lessons of "Called to Be More." Learn about them!
- Goya Producciones created a series on Natural Family Planning which they filmed, in part, at the 2015 World Congress on NFP in Milan, Italy. Various NFP leaders from the United States are featured in the series including former executive director of the Couple to Couple League, Mike Manhart, Ph.D., well-known NFP researcher, Joe Stanford, MD (Utah), and Theresa Notare, Ph.D., Assistant Director, USCCB's NFP Program. The series is available in English and Spanish. To view a nine-minute trailer or order the series see, www.loveandparenthood.com.
The Mission of the USCCB Natural Family Planning Program
Helping couples to deepen conjugal love and achieve responsible parenthood is part of the Church's total pastoral ministry to Catholic spouses. The fulfillment of this ministry includes both education and pastoral care. This means "instilling conviction and offering practical help to those who wish to live out their parenthood in a truly responsible way" (Familiaris Consortio, #35).
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Natural Family Planning Program
Secretariat for Laity, Marriage, Family Life & Youth
3211 4th Street NE
Washington, DC 20017
Telephone: (202) 541-3240