Spreading the Gospel of Life, One Marriage, One Family at a Time
NFP Parish Rep Training Session
1:15 NFP and the Marriage Prep Policy for the Diocese
1:30 Theology of the Body –Helping Instructors and Reps make the point of
successfully living & witnessing to NFP
2:30 15 minute Break
2:45 NFP Parish Rep Ministry
3:00 Developing an effective Couple Witness Talk
4:00-5:00pm Work on Couple Witness/Share in Small groups
(5:00pm Mass available at St. Mary’s Basilica)
Office of Marriage and Respect Life
1998-2009: What is the difference?
1998 Policy 2009-10 Policy
1. Analysis, diagnosis, theological
1. Some analysis of current issues, understanding, pastoral response
explanation of God’s plan and Pastoral deepened
response to crisis
2. Parish/Diocesan/Online programs
2. Parish/Diocesan programs encouraged encouraged
3. More thorough training
3. Basic trainings for MPM’s and MPL’s
4. Three courses required (approx. 26 hrs)
4. Two courses required (approx. 14 hrs.)
5. Full course in an approved method of NFP
5. Introduction to Natural Family Planning
6. Cost of Preparation: $250-$460
6. Cost of Preparation: $140-300 (Dioc. Schol. available)
(Dioc. schol. available)
7. Nine month prep period
7. Six-month prep period
8. Appendix updating pastoral approach to
cohabitation/sexually active couples
Marriage Prep Timeline
1. Month 1:A couple meets with Pastor or his delegate, parish starts
their Nuptial File.
2. Month 1-3 : FOCCUS inventory
3. Month 1-3: Married Life Skills Course (weekend or 6 evenings)-ex:
Love for Life, Engaged Encounter, Unitas or other approved
4. Month 3-6: God’s Plan for Joy Filled Marriage (weekend)-this
will include an NFP Introduction
5. Month 4-7: Full NFP Course
6. Month 8 Reconciliation
7. Month 9: Final meeting with Pastor or his delegate
Fr. Charlie Goraieb
“Theology of the Body”
Periodic Abstinence: the Gift
to Married Love
Fr. Charlie Goraeib
Adults 25-34 Married
1960—advent of Pill
1968—Promulgation (and rejection) of
Paul VI, prophet (HV, 17)
1. Infidelity and lower Standards
2. Women as objects
3. Governmental Manipulation
4. False understanding of the Body
Catholics On Board
“Follow your Conscience”—the wolf in sheep’s clothing
Was Paul VI right?
Effects of Contraception
Increase in divorce, abortion, out-of-
wedlock pregnancy, STD.
Extra-marital sex leading to divorce.
Physiological and psychological effects of
Objectification of women.
Harm done to the spousal relationship.
False understanding of the “control” we
have over our bodies.
Children seen as burden
A New Vocabulary:
From the Natural Law
The Personalistic Norm
THEOLOGY OF THE BODY
The Law of the Gift:
gift of self to
another for the
Sacrament of Marriage
Definition of Sacrament: Visible sign
which depicts an invisible reality
that imparts God’s grace
We hear three Main
Objections to using NFP
1. It doesn’t work
2. Hard to learn
3. Very difficult to practice
1. 95%-99.6% effective
2. Designed for simplicity
3. You’re right in terms of
abstinence for many couples
So Why Bother?
No side effects
Understand each other better
New ways of showing
The Paschal Mystery “Home Kit”
Allows for practice of
Protects the Nature of Sexual
love by ensuring the Gift
Helps you stay married
Rate of Divorce
Can mask a “contraceptive or
selfish mentality” in some
Periodic Abstinence can be a special
burden on the woman
Know Your Audience
Sex is more than just sex
Don’t want to be used
God has a plan
Further Questions to Discuss
Is NFP “Catholic Contraception”?
Contraception and Homosexuality?
NFP--unique challenges for men and
Promoting NFP Within the Parish
Achieving a goal expressed by
Bishop Thomas Olmsted:
To establish parish NFP liaison couples to assist
pastors in promoting NFP and to be NFP point
persons for the laity.
Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted
“I hope you will be able to respond generously to this
call for your invaluable service. If so, I know you
will enrich your own marriage as well as help to
enrich the marriages of those to whom you are
called to minister.”
NFP Full Series Requirement
USCCB-DDP/NFP set a minimal standard of four
meetings with each couple. We require four in
addition to the introduction to NFP.
God’s Plan for Joy Filled Marriage now has the NFP
Introduction embedded into it, in the last session.
God’s Plan+ three classes + one-month follow-up.
This takes about three months to complete.
Class Series cost:$100 per couple, $130 for on-line.
Couple to Couple League classes: $135
Creighton Model: $150
2011 Come & See:
NFP Intro for Married Couples
2 hour Power Point Presentation covering:
Theology of the Body
Male/Female Anatomy & Scientific Basis of NFP
Contraceptive Side Effects/Methods of Action
Couple Witness about Benefits of NFP/Periodic
Cost: $15 per couple/pkt of information. Scheduled
about once a month in some part of the valley.
NFP Parish Rep Ministry
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring
good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings…”
Assist pastors in promotion of NFP in their parish
Offer to have your contact information at the
reception desk and with the Marriage Prep
coordinator for questions couples may have.
Read about NFP & Become familiar with the NFP
Intro Packet and website.
NFP Parish Rep Ministry “Job Description”
Make sure announcements for classes appear in your parish
Ask to have NFP posters & schedules placed in the vestibule
or brochure rack of your Church.
If your parish hosts NFP classes, greet the NFP teaching
couple & help make sure room is set up for them
Offer to share your witness at various meetings in your
RCIA classes, Marriage Prep, Bible Studies, Women’s &
Men’s Fellowship Groups, Baptism Classes, Ministry
Fairs, after Mass-especially during National NFP Week
at end of July ( can share new video!)
Parish Rep Report Form
Please keep track of all NFP parish work that you do
for the year on the Report Form.
At the end of the year please send the form to the
Office of NFP, Diocese of Phoenix. Or send an email.
Statistics will be reported to the Bishop and to the
Office of NFP Diocese of Phoenix
NFP Methods Coordinated by Office of NFP:
Northwest Family Services Sympto-Thermal Method
Family of the Americas Ovulation Method (FAF)
BOMA-Billings Ovulation Method Association
Available throughout the Diocese in over 30 parishes,
in both English and Spanish and Vietnamese
NFP Only Healthcare Professionals
NaProTechnology- Deirdre Wilson, D.O. –Dr. Clint
Leonard, Ob/Gyn, Napro Technology
Dr. Mike Czerkes, Ob/Gyn, Napro Technology
Dr. James Statt, Ob/Gyn- Aid to Women Center
Dr. William Chavira, Ob/Gyn
Dr. Lori Carillo, Ob/Gyn
Lisa Clouse McDaniel, PA, Napro Technology
Dr. John Oertle, NMD
Couples should be directed to our websites:
Marriage Prep site:
Couples can pay on line by credit card, or by mailing a
check or money order. Cash is not accepted.
May call for clarification or questions: 602-354-2122
the blessing of
in their own
marriages by living
NFP Couple Parish Reps
Would like to grace
their marriage with NFP Instructors
shared lay service.
NFP Instructor Recruitment
Office of NFP has a trainer for: NWFS S-T
method(English) and for FAF Ovulation
Special need for bilingual Sympto-Thermal
CCL -on-line teacher training ( English only).
Getting Started as NFP Parish Rep Couples:
Your pastor will be receiving a letter from the Office of
NFP with your name and contact information.
Please call your pastor, introduce yourselves and set up a
meeting to offer specific services in the parish. He will be
happy to have this position filled! ( On the parish
checklists now!) Please don’t say: “What do you want us
Bring a gift: “Married Love and the Gift of Life,” and
know that you are beautiful to him and to Bishop
Olmsted, because you bring Good News!!
Jenelle and Mark Van Brunt
Sharing your story by
Writing your NFP Couple Witness
Take 20 minutes to reflect, write notes, and then come
together to share an outline containing:
Conversion to using NFP
Challenges while using NFP
Fruit since making the change to NFP
Share with group now, develop more fully at home.
Tips for Preparing Your Couple Witness
Pray for God’s inspiration.
Read examples of witness talks ( on USCCB site).
Both Husband and Wife share equally in time.
Write in down. Get feedback.
Practice it! Try not to read it when presenting.
Use humor, pathos, regrets, joy. Make it very
Thank you so very much!