Natural Family Planning

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.  ...and they become one flesh.”  – Genesis 1:27, 2:24

Love… Divine

Holy Matrimony is a Vocation of Love.  “Married love particularly reveals its true nature and nobility when we realize that it takes its origin from God, who ‘is love,’[1] the Father ‘from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.’ [2]

“The transmission of human life is a most serious role in which married people collaborate freely and responsibly with God the Creator. It has always been a source of great joy to them, even though it sometimes entails many difficulties and hardships.”  (Humanae Vitae)


“Married love, therefore, requires of husband and wife the full awareness of their obligations in the matter of responsible parenthood, which today, rightly enough, is much insisted upon, but which at the same time should be rightly understood. Thus, we do well to consider responsible parenthood in the light of its varied legitimate and interrelated aspects.”  (Humanae Vitae, 10, emphasis added)

“From this it follows that they are not free to act as they choose in the service of transmitting life, as if it were wholly up to them to decide what is the right course to follow. On the contrary, they are bound to ensure that what they do corresponds to the will of God the Creator.”  (Humanae Vitae, 10) 


“One of the languages the human body “speaks” is the language of love, spoken in a unique way by the sexual powers. At its core, Natural Family Planning (NFP) is really learning about this language of the sexual powers by observing, recording and interpreting the bodily signs of human fertility. In other words, NFP is fertility awareness, the knowledge of a couple’s fertility, and is a means of reading the body’s signs of fertility and infertility. Applying this knowledge through the Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) of NFP, [this is not the rhythm method] which the Couple to Couple League (CCL) teaches, is over 99% effective in postponing pregnancy.”  (From the CCL website,

a great little video well worth watching


You, too, can learn how to plan your family naturally, whether large or small, according to God’s law.  Through NFP, you can grow in communication, mutual respect, and intimacy as husband and wife.  Please contact our parishioners, Paul and Barbara Donovan, who are a Teaching Couple of NFP through the Couple to Couple League, to plan a class: call 463-7456 or email [email protected]

You may also click on one of the following links for more information:

Top 10 Myths about NFP:

Top 10 Reasons for NFP through CCL:


An NFP testimonial video:




[1] 1 John 4:8

[2] Ephesians 3:15