Natural Family Planning (NFP)
Included with the online Pre-Cana, Living Our Faith in Love
For some couples, having children is the last thing on their minds as they plan for their marriage. Other couples may be planning to start a family right away.
In either case, it is important to talk about parenthood at this stage. By learning one another’s expectations for having children and parental styles, couples will grow in their understanding of each other as potential parents.
This segment explores the Catholic Church’s teaching of marriage and procreation, and helps today’s couples understand the beauty and science of natural family planning.
We also understand that not all individuals are able to have children, and how devastating that can be. The procreative aspect of marriage also includes an openness to life — something often referred to as “spiritual fertility.” This means that there are other ways to allow the love that a husband and wife share together, to be fruitful in other methods: volunteering, adoption, edifying the community, serving The Church, for example.
Dustin and Bethany Riechmann of Engaged Marriage have helped couples from all over take their marriage to the next level. By sharing practical and spiritual help based on their own experience as a married couple, their enthusiasm to start and grow marriage from a strong and healthy foundation is undoubtedly uplifting and empowering.