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Natural Family Planning: Church Bulletin Announcements

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Below are two church bulletin announcements which we encourage you to send to your parish to insert in the church bulletin once a month.  You can be an NFPI promoter in your community.  You can also add your name and phone number at the end of each announcement should someone want to get more information.  (“For more information, call _______ at ___________.”)  We thank you for any promotional help you can provide.  John and Sheila Kippley

Natural Family Planning (NFP) instruction at your pace at home with the Home Study Course of NFP International, with guidance by a live teacher.

  • Crosschecking signs of fertility for great confidence and effectiveness.
  • Ecological Breastfeeding’s natural baby spacing and other benefits for mom and baby.
  • A bible-based theology that explains Catholic teaching on marital morality in a way that leads many Christians to say, “That makes sense.”
  • Safe, healthy, effective and Catholic.
  • Suggested donation of $70 is less than the cost of a typical bridal bouquet. See www.nfpandmore.org.

If space is very limited, this announcement can be used:
Learn systematic Natural Family Planning and Ecological Breastfeeding in a Catholic context at your pace at home via the Home Study Course.  See www.nfpandmore.org.

 

Natural Family Planning and Luke 11:46

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

The Gospel reading for Wednesday, October 12, 2016, was Luke 11:46, and it reminded me why I became involved with teaching natural family planning.  In fact, if it were not for that verse, I might never have had the pleasure of knowing many of those who will read this blog.

It all started with the dissent from Humanae Vitae in the summer of 1968.  When I read the encyclical, I thought it was good, but it didn’t get me excited.  But when I read the dissent, I was appalled.  The dissenters leaned heavily on the majority report of the Papal Birth Control Commission which the Pope had received in 1966.  Briefly, its rationale for saying that the Church could and should approve of contraception was fatally flawed.  It could not say a firm NO to sodomy.

In that light, I thought that Pope Paul VI should have taken about one day to read and digest the reports and then one week to prepare a logical rejection.  Then he should have announced that the arguments used by the proponents of marital contraception could not say NO even to sodomy and were therefore completely unacceptable.  I thought he should have said that all speculation that the Church could change its teaching on these matters should cease, and I think he should have promised a more complete response in the near future.  But, unfortunately, he waited many months, and the proponents of contraception continued to prepare Catholics for the change they wanted and expected.

My response to this situation was to write a book that not only defended the teaching of Humanae Vitae with a positive, covenant understanding of the marriage act but also analyzed the arguments of the dissenters.  I found them worthless from the perspective of Christian discipleship.  Alba House published it as Covenant, Christ and Contraception in the spring of 1970.

Then, from somewhere in the depths of my memory the text of Luke 11:46 arose and confronted me.  “Woe also to you, scholars of the law!  You impose burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them..”  I had done my best to affirm what many were calling a great burden.  I don’t think I had previously given any thought to providing the practical help of NFP, but now I knew I had to do something.

Providentially, Sheila was already working on her book, Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing, and we had learned about the cross-checking sympto-thermal system from an article by Dr. Konald A. Prem.  We met with him in June of 1971, and that fall we founded the Couple to Couple League and began teaching.

We thought we were done teaching some 32 years later when we and the League separated in 2003, but the next year we saw CCL beginning to make significant changes.  Within a few years, they rejected all three of the founding charisms—ecological breastfeeding, the covenant theology of the marriage act, and Dr. Prem’s version of the STM.  That’s why we formed NFP International and continue with the original teachings on which CCL was founded.

If you have ever been helped by any of those founding charisms, please join me in thanking the Lord Jesus for teaching as he did in Luke 11:46.  And please help us to continue those teachings through the work of NFP International at http://nfpandmore.org/missionhelp.shtml.

John F. Kippley, October 13, 2016

Natural Family Planning: Online Home Study Course

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Remarks from those who have taken the online course by email correspondence.

“Having kicked the pill over two years ago and being confirmed in the Faith, I finally have given God the trust and control to lead my life and marriage in a fruitful Sacrament that will be the ultimate witness to non-believers.”

“After learning the information from this course and other marriage preparation courses we have taken, I am definitely more open to the idea of using NFP as birth control and have discussed it with friends and family.”

“We are in a situation where we have decided to let God’s plan unfold and we are very welcoming to children in our life right now but don’t necessarily need it planned or timed.  I think once we have our first child we will definitely utilize different rules and theories, especially with breastfeeding.”

“I think that if the pop culture attitude towards NFP can reflect the positives rather than the negatives it would open a line of questioning for many people—Catholic or not.  In college, I had to sign a document stating that I would accept full responsibility and not sue the university if I had a child with birth defects before the school psychiatrist would release my prescription for ADD medication regardless of my sexual activity or lack thereof! Had I been on  birth control, they would have accepted that fully and not questioned me, even without checking to see if I was on any antibiotics which would render birth control inactive.  It is hard to promote a method of family planning when doctors, professionals, and peers quote the effectiveness rate of hormonal contraceptives and the failure rate for NFP.  It is already set up with a negative connotation before any conversation has begun.”

“We would like to say thanks again to everything you have been done for us. Now I can feel stress-free. We will ask questions if we have them and this course has been very low cost for us.”

“There was a lot of information we would of never known if we did not take this course.  This course has not only made us aware of our own bodies but of each other’s so we can help each other out.”

“We learned so much both on the theological and the scientific aspect.  We’re grateful we took the course. We will definitely recommend your program to others.”

“Thank you so much for working with us. This class surpassed our expectation. I am also thankful to know that we can reach out to you in the future in regards to our charts. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!”

“Thank you for creating such a great guide that is aligned to the teaching of the church! We really appreciate it!”

“Thank you for such an incredible NFP manual. It was extremely enlightening and brought up some important conversations between us. I cannot thank you enough for this experience.”

“Thanks for taking the time to help us through the course. It was very informative and we’re glad we took it!”

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