Natural Family Planning (NFP)

In the Diocese of Crookston and surrounding areas there are certified teaching couples and instructors available to teach and guide married couples in the following Natural Family Planning (NFP) methods: 

 - Couple to Couple League (CCL) Sympto-Thermal Method 

 - Creighton Model Fertility Care System featuring NaPro Technology Method

 - Billings Ovulation Method of America (BOMA) Method

 - Marquette Model (MM) Method

What is Natural Family Planning (NFP)? 

“The Catholic Church supports the methods of Natural Family Planning (NFP) because they respect God's design for married love. In fact, NFP represents the only authentic approach to family planning available to husbands and wives because these methods can be used to both attempt or avoid pregnancy. When learning about NFP, it is important to know that Natural Family Planning is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve and avoid pregnancies. These methods are based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman's menstrual cycle. Couples using NFP to avoid pregnancy abstain from intercourse and genital contact during the fertile phase of the woman's cycle. No drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy.

NFP reflects the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the value of the child. By respecting the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife.” (Used with the permission of USCCB.ORG/NFP)

For more information on Natural Family Planning, including the different methods, please visit here.

National Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week

NFP Awareness Week is July 24 - July 30. "Love, Mercy, Life: Natural Family Planning, Opening the Heart of Marriage" is the 2016 theme. This week is a national educational campaign. The dates of Natural Family Planning Awarness Week highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulate Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. The dates also mark the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26), the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. For more information, please visit here.

Dr. Mark Krejci

Director of Marriage, Family & Life
218-281-4533 ext. 425


“Married Love and the Gift of Life” as presented at the 2014 Year of Marriage National NFP Week in the Diocese of Crookston by Theresa Notare, Ph.D., Assistant Director of the Natural Family Planning Program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.