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Natural Family Planning

“Christian life ultimately has its meaning in sacrifice – in making an offering of ourselves – totally giving ourselves in love. Because that’s the meaning of the life of Jesus Christ. And we can make that gift of love in all of our relationships, but you, husbands and wives, you are called to live that gift of self-offering and sacrifice in the most intimate bond of your marriage. And in that way, by making a gift, each to the other, you make a gift of yourselves to God.”
–Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, on the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae

What is Natural Family Planning?

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a natural and open method of Fertility Awareness that allows husbands and wives to identify times of fertility and infertility in order to achieve or avoid pregnancy, while prayerfully discerning God’s will for their families. Couples can effectively achieve, postpone, or avoid pregnancy by learning to read different biological signs observed throughout a woman’s reproductive cycle. Single women, tweens, and teens can also benefit from learning to understand their reproductive cycles long before they discern marriage or start families.

Natural Family Planning Resources

For Natural Family Planning Instructors or anyone interested in training to teach NFP:

  • Instructor Education Scholarships: The Archdiocese of Detroit offers scholarships to support the training of Natural Family Planning instructors in any method of NFP approved by the USCCB.
  • NFP Student Scholarship Grants: The Archdiocese of Detroit offers annual grants to NFP teachers and teaching centers to support women and couples who cannot afford the cost of instruction.
  • FACTS stands for Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Science. This organization offers instruction on Natural Family Planning and Fertility Awareness for medical students and medical professionals and provides information on modern medical research and scientific studies related to NFP and Reproductive Health.

For Priests, Deacons, and Lay Ministers looking for information on how to promote NFP in your parish, Family of Parishes, or marriage preparation program: