Friday, July 10, 2009

NFP Awareness Week

NFP Awareness Week starts Sunday, July 19 and goes until Saturday, July 25 - the anniversary of Humanae Vitae.

The USCCB has some homily notes for the priest, deacons, and bishops who might preach on this. Not bad at all, though some of the language will fly right over the heads of many ordinary Catholics.

Here is how the notes begin:
A word to the preacher:
As you prepare to preach on the Word of God this week, especially in light of the context of the Church’s celebration of “Natural Family Planning Awareness Week,” allow yourself to be led by the Spirit of the Lord. This week provides an opportunity to deepen your own understanding of the Church’s teaching on human sexuality and the wonder of marital love. It is a perfect occasion to explain to your people the riches of God’s design for life and love in marriage.

Today among the People of God, there is confusion, ignorance and misinformation about Church teachings on human sexuality, chastity, marriage, conjugal love, responsible parenthood, and the moral regulation of births. Tragically, many of our people no long remember that God entrusted men and women with the gift of procreation, that “children are the supreme gift of marriage” (GS, #50). Try to help your people by presenting the truth with love and wisdom in order to lead them to greater peace, understanding and freedom in the Lord.

National NFP Awareness Week offers a great time to commit to learn more about NFP. Please consider placing appropriate NFP materials in the church vestibule. Place the one page summary of Married Love and the Gift of Life in your parish bulletin (available at: http://www.usccb.org/prolife/issues/ nfp/cathteach.shtml). Your diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life should be able to help you obtain NFP resources. The USCCB’s NFP Program has free information that can be downloaded at: http://www.usccb.org/prolife/issues/nfp/index.shtml. Hard copies of some brochures, such as “NFP Myths and Reality,” can be purchased from the Respect Life Catalogue of the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities: http://www.usccb.org/prolife/materials/index.shtml.

Finally, I would like to invite all of us to sincerely pray and learn more about the Church’s teaching about the moral regulation of births in marriage. Prayer opens our hearts to God’s will. What appears to be foolishness in the eyes of the world is really a path to a deeper relationship of love within the Sacrament of Marriage. Let us help our married brothers and sisters embrace God’s gifts of life and love!
The poster is used with permission from the NFP Program, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. All rights reserved.

1 comment:

nfpworks said...

Way to rock the prep for NFP Awareness Week! Keep it up!