On the teaching of NFP...
"...every effort must be made to render such knowledge accessible to all married people and also to young adults before marriage, through clear, timely and serious instruction and education given by married couples, doctors and experts. Knowledge must then lead to education in selfcontrol: hence the absolute necessity for the virtue of chastity and for permanent education in it. In the Christian view, chastily by no means signifies rejection of human sexuality or lack of esteem for it: rather it signifies spiritual energy capable of defending love from the perils of selfishness and aggressiveness, and able to advance it towards its full realization." (Familiaris consortio, 33)
Helping couples to deepen conjugal love and achieve responsible parenthood is part of the Church's total pastoral ministry to Catholic spouses. 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).
Natural Family Planning (NFP)
NFP 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)*
Learn more about NFP
A great way to learn more about NFPis to check out this new, trendy website. You will be leaving the website of the Diocese of Winona. This link is provided solely for the user's convenience. By providing this link, the Diocese of Winona assumes no responsibility for, nor does it necessarily endorse, the website, its content, or sponsoring organizations. iuseNFP is a website designed by women, for women to communicate the importance of Natural Family Planning (NFP). It is a non-religious, non-sectarian website which all are encouraged to visit.
Find a NFP teacher
There are many people throughout the Diocese of Winona who are certified as NFP instructors. Use this directory to find one near you.
In the Diocese of Winona three types of NFP are promoted:
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*"Used with permission from the NFP Program, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. All rights reserved."
Natural Family Planning Program
Secretariat for Laity, Marriage, Family Life & Youth
3211 4th Street NE
Washington, DC 20017
Telephone: (202) 541-3040