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Mass Scheduled to Celebrate Natural Family Planning Week

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St. Catherine to Highlight Natural Family Planning Awareness Week

Saint Catherine of Siena in Wake Forest is hosting a Mass and Picnic to highlight Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week, July 25-31 in the Diocese of Raleigh. The week will celebrate the 42nd Anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae, which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood.

Fr. Phillip Tighe, pastor of Saint Catherine, will celebrate Mass on Saturday, July 31, at 10:30 am. All NFP teachers and promoters are invited along with practicing couples or those interested in learning more about NFP.

Natural Family Planning, based on solid scientific research, is a reliable method of birth regulation which is effective, natural, medically safe, inexpensive, and morally acceptable. Studies have demonstrated that the method is effective in avoiding or achieving pregnancy when it is properly taught by a qualified teacher and then correctly applied. NFP has no harmful side effects and can be easily learned and practiced.

“NFP methods, or methods of fertility awareness, are important because they cooperate with women's natural cycles. NFP methods are in accordance with Catholic teaching and with how a woman's body works,” said Dr. Patrick P. Yeung Jr. M.D., Duke University Medical Center. “In fact, they can often be used to identify, and thereby help restore, a woman's natural ecosystem when it is not functioning correctly.”

“NFP is a great way for all women to monitor and maintain their procreative and gynecologic health,” said Allison Dooley, Natural Family Planning Coordinator for the Diocese of Raleigh. Couples who live their vocation according to this teaching reap many benefits, according to Dooley.  These benefits include: better communication between spouses; deeper understanding of each other's bodies and consequent growth in respect and awe of God's gift of fertility; growth in patience and emotional maturity; growth in understanding of the supreme gift of children; and growth in holiness as they seek to place God as the head of the household.

If you would like to learn more about NFP and how it can benefit your marriage contact either Allison Dooley at dooley.allison@yahoo.com or Suzanne Temple at suzanne.temple@gmail.com.

A picnic will be held following the July 31st Mass. Those planning to attend the picnic are asked to RSVP by contacting Linda Bedo, director of the Diocesan Office of Marriage and Family at linda.bedo@raldioc.org.