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Visit this page often for current announcements, events, and resources from the world of NFP!
Remember to send us your NFP information to share with others by writing email@example.com.
In 2021 National NFP Week (July 25-31) will include a shout out to grandparents! The Holy Father announced a world-wide celebration of grandparents and the elderly to be held annually on the fourth Sunday in July. In 2021, the fourth Sunday is July 25 which also is the anniversary of Humanae vitae and the start of National NFP Awareness Week. Pope Francis noted that he wanted to highlight the memorial of Saints Anne and Joachim (July 26), while also asking the faithful to remember grandparents and the elderly. See vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-01/pope-establishes-world-day-for-grandparents-and-the-elderly.html.
NFP Ministry Position Open: The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is in need of an Associate Director for Chastity and Natural Family Planning.To read the job description visit their website. Applications must be sent in by June 25, 2021.
Year of St. Joseph - December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021
On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, 2020, the Holy Father announced a year devoted to St. Joseph. In his Apostolic Letter, Patris corde (With a Father's Heart), Pope Francis discusses St. Joseph as not only the patron of the Catholic Church, patron of workers, and guardian of the Redeemer, but also a beloved, obedient, and courageous father. The Holy Father calls the Church to once more turn to St. Joseph in friendship and need. As applied to marriage and NFP ministry in particular, St. Joseph is the model of the virtues needed in marriage. "Whatever our vocation," writes the Holy Father, "our gift of self will not come to fulfillment if it stops at sacrifice...," St. Joseph was a man of generosity and sacrifice (PC, 7)!
Year of Amoris laetitia - March 19, 2021 to June 26, 2022
On December 27, 2020, Pope Francis announced a year devoted to reflection and pastoral care of marriage and the family. Coordinated by the Decastery for Laity, The Family, and Life, the goals include proclaiming the gift of the Sacrament of Marriage, enabling families to become active agents of the family apostolate, accompaniment of families in crisis, and helping young people to become aware of the importance of formation in the truh of love and in the gift of self. Learn more at laityfamilylife.va/content/laityfamilylife/en/amoris-laetitia.html. The conclusion of the year's events will take place in Rome at the 2022 World Meeting on the Family.
Pray for the Repose of NFP Scientist, Len Blackwell, PhD
The NFP scientist, Len Blackwell, PhD, who collaborated for years with another notable NFP scientist, James Brown, MD, died on December 10, 2020 in New Zealand. Among his accomplishments, Dr. Blackwell spent many years developing an ovulation monitor (the Fertility Meter), to aid couples' NFP practice. Anna Halpine of FEMM, notes the influence of Dr. Blackwell on Pilar Vigil, PhD, MD, whose work, in turn, helped to build the FEMM system. Please see the photo and lovely memoriam that Halpine provides on her website. Watch a short 2017 video of Dr. Blackwell speaking about his work and read the accompanying article. Like many NFP couples, Dr. Blackwell became involved in NFP research because of his wife Pam's involvement! Mary our Lord God welcome Dr. Blackwell into His kingdom! Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him!
NFP Office Hours: All diocesan NFP coordinators and their teachers are invited to participate in the virtual NFP Office Hours held on the second Wednesday in a month at 2:00PM (east coast time). Email notification with a web link will be sent to the diocesan NFP coordinators prior to each event. Questions, write firstname.lastname@example.org.
National NFP Awareness Week
The 2021 dates for the celebration of National NFP Awareness Week are July 25-31. The theme is, "To have ... To hold ... To honor, Natural Family Planning, Supporting God's gifts of love and life in marriage."
2020 National NFP Awareness Week was July 19-25 with the theme "Live the truth and beauty of God's plan for married love!" Subtitle: It's about love. It's about life. It's about freedom. It's about gift. The posters and other resources at National NFP Awareness Week.
Past NFP 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.
With the 2020 pandemic, many national NFP leaders and diocesan NFP coordinators have incorporated virtual events into their programming. Remember to visit their websites to review this creative activity. See our on-line directory of diocesan NFP programs. Explore the national NFP providers' websites.
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 email@example.com 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!
Part-Time Position Open--The St. Augustine Foundation is looking for a part-time administrative assistant (15-20 hours) for their Catholic Couples NFP project. The position includes: screening and registering accepted applicants; coordinating assignments between couples and NFP teachers; monitoring of and approving payment to NFP teachers; and assistance in weekly mailings. This position also supports the possibility of training the administrative assistant to become an NFP teacher. Contact: John E. Fitzgerald, St. Augustine Foundation, Catholic Couples NFP, 538 Riverdale Ave., Yonkers, NY 10705; Direct: (914) 613-5510; firstname.lastname@example.org
May 1, 10:00AM-5:00PM (ET): Unexplained Infertility live virtual summit. Learn about the many causes of unexplained infertility and how natural and ethical interventions can help. View the speakers on the website. The summit is free, but registration is required and gives the participant access to the videos for 48 hours after the close of the summit.
February 26, 8:00 PM (ET): The Archdiocese of Detroit's free webinar on women’s health advocacy and Natural Family Planning in the African American community. Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Detroit's Offices of Black Catholic Ministry and Evangelization, this event features a panel discussion with Lydia Rayes, MD who will speak about empowering women to learn about their health and wellness and how this promotes early detection and safe medical treatment for a number of health issues. Dr. Rayes will be joined by the Archdiocese's Vickie Figueroa (Black Catholic Ministries) and Nicole Joyce, a FertilityCare Practitioner from their Office of Evangelization. Watch on the Archdiocese of Detroit's Black Catholic Ministry Facebook page.
February 15, 7:30 PM (ET): The BOMA-USA Education chair, Martha Winn, RN, shares a brief PowerPoint on the history of the Billings Method. This history includes personal witnesses from Hanna Klaus, MD, Dr. Maria Girault, Dave and Kay Ek, Mary Pat Van Epps, and Sue Ek. Register, here.
January 22, 2021; 1:00PM (ET): The Center for Church Management, Villanova University, School of Business, will host a webinar discussing their study of COVID-19's quarantine effect on parish collections. They found that parishes that served their people online received more donations than those who did not. This information can help diocesan NFP programs and national NFP leaders reevaluate their presence in virtual education. Register for free on the website at villanovachurchmanagement.com/home/webinars/money-and-the-church.
January 14, 2021, 8:00PM (ET): The Catholic Information Center of Washington, DC is hosting a webinar entitled, "The Future of Christian Marriage" with Mark Regnerus, Professor of Sociology, University of Texas (at Austin). Although not an NFP event, this webinar provides information about Regnerus' new book and explores how today’s Christians find a mate within a faith that esteems marriage but in a world that increasingly yawns at it. His book draws on in-depth interviews with nearly two hundred young-adult Christians from the United States, Mexico, Spain, Poland, Russia, Lebanon, and Nigeria, in order to understand the state of matrimony in global Christian circles today. The live-stream video will premiere at https://cicdc.org/event/the-future-of-christian-marriage/. Please register before the event by visiting the CIC's website. You can learn more about other upcoming events and programs by visiting www.cicdc.org.
December 3-12, 2020; 4:00PM (ET): The Diocese of Charleston's Family Life Office invites you to join in the Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe virtually via Zoom and Facebook Live. Prayers are offered for couples struggling with Infertility, miscarriage, and Infant loss. Participants can submit prayer intentions and the names of babies who were miscarried. Register in advance to join Zoom : http://tiny.cc/OLGnovena; join via Facebook Live:https://www.facebook.com/NFPSC.
October 20, 2020 (7:00PM, ET): The Diocese of Charleston offers a virtual prayer event with Ann Koshute, co-founder of Springs in the Desert, a Catholic infertility ministry. Register at http:/tiny.cc/bkrxsz.
October 17, 2020 (10:00AM-11:30AM, ET): The Archdiocese of Washington offers a virtual NFP introductory class. Couples who would like to register, please Click here. For more information, contact the Office for Family Life at 301-853-4546 or @email.
October 1 (12:30PM-3:30PM, EST) 2020:The National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers (NACFLM) virtual one-day conference. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NACFLM redesigned its annual conference to a half-day virtual web event. For recordings of the presentations, visit the NACFLM website.
BOMA-USA has launched virtual education for healthcare professionals. This excellent series covers NFP science and general methodology in addition to focusing on the Billings Method. Continuing education units are available for both physicians and nurses. See boma-usa.org/health-professionals.html.
Free NFP podcast featuring Dr. Marguerate Duane of FACTS speaking about NFP science and methods. The interview is hosted by the Podcast Hormone Genius (hormonegenius.com), a service of two Creighton Model FertilityCare teachers. Share this link with your family practice physician and young adults who need to know about NFP!
Coming Soon--New Theology of the Body Web Magazine.
Ann Gundlach, former long-time editor of the Couple to Couple League's Family Foundations, is launching a new magazine devoted to Theology of the Body. As part of her planning, she would appreciate your input. To take survey regarding topics and interest, please write to Leslie Kuhman.
NFP Conversations--a new video series by the USCCB's NFP Program launched during the 2020 pandemic that showcases NFP pioneers and topics of interest in NFP ministry. Hosted by the USCCB NFP Program's Assistant Director, Theresa Notare, PhD, guests include
Hanna Klaus, MD, founder of Teen STAR an adolescent fertility appreciation and chastity curriculum
Faith and Marriage Ministry, an Apostolate of Willwoods Community. Established in the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 1978 by a group of married couples desiring to support the Catholic Church and the community through prayer and service, Willwoods Communmity's Faith and Marriage Ministry has a number of spiritually rich and uplifting resources for marriage enrichment (faithandmarriage.org) including podcasts hosted by Mario Sacasa, PhD, LMFT. Among the podcasts is an engaging conversation on Humanae vitae and more with Theresa Notare, PhD, Assistant Director of the USCCB's NFP Program and podcast host, Dr. Sacasa. Listen at https://faithandmarriage.org/.../059-what-happened-with.../
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. Contact Melissa Barnason, Office Assistant, Office of NFP, tel. 1-314-997-7576; email@example.com.
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 offthechartsnfp.com. Contact @email.