Welcome! The NFP ministry of St. Catherine's exists to offer you support, encouragement, and community as you live out the Church's beautiful teaching on married love!
Natural Family Planning (NFP) is the general title for the scientific, natural, and moral methods of family planning that can help married couples either achieve or postpone pregnancies. The methods of NFP respect the love-giving (unitive) and life-giving (procreative) nature of the conjugal act.
You can learn more details about NFP methods by exploring our Resources page, or attending one of our free Intro to NFP Classes. To develop a deeper understanding of what the Church teaches regarding sex and procreation, visit our Church Teaching page. And if you want to see what living out NFP in real life looks like, check out the testimonies below from some of our own parishioners. For more personal support and encouragement, you can also join our closed Facebook group!
Both the Sacrament of Marriage and the practice of NFP are simultaneously beautiful, purifying, and demanding. But the words of St. John Paul II offer strength to persevere: "Do not be afraid when love makes demands -- do not be afraid when love requires sacrifice!" Together, let's keep striving to live and love our vocations in God's perfect design.
"As loudly and as persistently as our disbelieving culture proclaims its view of
sex and happiness, a simple look around reveals the sad truth:
too many people are left alone in the dark, searching for and failing to find love.
We need to proclaim even louder and more persistently:
God has the best, richest, and fullest plan for the happiness of married couples."
-Bishop Samuel Aquila
Why We Use NFP
Testimonies from real life.
Kate & Eddy
"Much like the journey of faith, Natural Family Planning is a daily, weekly, monthly commitment, a walking side by side and arm and arm with God. It requires a unified front with a shared goal and cannot be achieved without a deep, personal relationship between spouses and our Creator."
Kristen & Alex