The Friday Five: What Went Down During #NFPAwarenessWeek

We celebrate National NFP Awareness Week, sharing couples’ stories of growth, gift of self and hope.

By: Office of Communications

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Check out #NFPAwarenessWeek on Tagboard to see how the topic is being discussed nationwide. Share your own media and keep the hashtag trending!

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We celebrate the Feast of Saints Joachim and Anne. Let’s ask these parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Our Mother to pray for us, especially during this special Natural Family Planning Awareness Week!

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This Saturday marks the 47th anniversary of the pivotal encyclical Humanae Vitae. Why not read it in full?

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On the note of No.3, need some fun media to share? Try the USCCB’s Media Kit, full of web banners, graphics, articles and other helpful resources.

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Wondering how can you pray during NFP Awareness Week? Prayer cards, novenas and other prayer resources specific to this intention are listed here.

Novena to Saints Joachim and Anne

Prayer:

Good parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary,

grandparents of our Savior, Jesus Christ,

When life seems barren,

help us to trust in God’s mercy.

When we are confused,

help us to find the way to God.

When we are lost in the desert,

lead us to those whom God has called us to love.

When our marriage seems lifeless,

show us the eternal youth of the Lord.

When we are selfish,

teach us to cling only to that which lasts.

When we are afraid,

help us to trust in God.

When we are ashamed,

remind us that we are God’s children.

When we sin,

lead us to do God’s will.

You who know God’s will for husband and wife,

help us live chastely.

You who know God’s will for the family,

keep all families close to you.

You who suffered without children,

intercede for all infertile couples.

You who trusted in God’s will,

help us to respect God’s gift of fertility.

You who gave birth to the Blessed Mother,

inspire couples to be co-creators with God.

You who taught the Mother of God,

teach us to nurture children in holy instruction.

You whose hearts trusted in God,

hear our prayers for ….. (mention your requests here)

Pray with us for the ministry of Catholic family life.

Pray with us for the ministry of Natural Family Planning.

Pray with us for all who give their time, talent and treasure to this good work.

Hail Mary … Our Father … Glory to the Father …

God of our fathers,

you gave Saints Anne and Joachim

the privilege of being the parents of Mary,

the mother of your incarnate Son.

May their prayers help us to attain

the salvation you have promised to your people.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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