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St. Catherine of Siena to Host Mass for Natural Family Planning Week

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The Diocese of Raleigh will honor Natural Family Planning Awareness Week July 24-30, 2011. NFP Awareness Week is a national educational campaign sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The week marks the 43rd anniversary of the encyclical letter Humanae Vitae, written by Pope Paul VI. The letter affirms the teaching of Catholic Church doctrine and tradition regarding marriage and parenthood. The week also includes the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26), the parents of the Blessed Mother.

The Second Annual Mass and Luncheon celebrating NFP Awareness week will be held on Saturday, July 30 at 10:30 am at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Wake Forest. Fr. Phillip Tighe, pastor of Saint Catherine, will celebrate the Mass. Following Mass, resource materials will be available as well as a luncheon.

All NFP teachers and promoters are invited along with practicing couples or those interested in learning more about NFP. To RSVP or if  you would like to learn more about NFP and how it can benefit your marriage, contact Allison Dooley, Diocese of Raleigh Natural Family Planning Coordinator, at nfp@raldioc.org. Additional information and resources are also available at http://www.dioceseofraleigh.org/how/nfp/index.aspx.

In Natural Family Planning, both spouses are taught to understand the nature of fertility and work with it, either to plan a pregnancy or to avoid a pregnancy. Couples who use NFP soon learn that they have a shared responsibility for family planning. Benefits of NFP include: marriage enrichment and mutual understanding; appreciation for the value of children; and the fostering of respect for and acceptance of the total person.

“Married couples who live their vocation according to this teaching reap many benefits as they seek to place God as the head of the household,” said Alison Dooley, Diocesan NFP Coordinator. “By respecting the love-giving and life-giving nature of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife.”