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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
New resource on natural fertility awareness
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¬†The Catholic Truth Society, in partnership with Luton Good Counsel, is launching a new DVD for introducing Catholic couples and young people to Natural Fertility Awareness: The Joy of God's Plan. This new resource responds to the call of the late Holy Father, John Paul II, that : "...more precise knowledge of the female cycle and... more serene utilization of natural methods of regulating births, deserve to be better known, encouraged and effectively proposed for application." It is also a response to the urgent need for teaching resources noted in the English and Welsh Bishops' report on marriage and family, Not Easy But Full of Meaning, that "whilst promoting natural family planning, (the Church) has yet to offer a coherent national information service for those interested in pursuing this means of controlling fertility." (n165). The DVD has been commended by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, as a "timely resource to assist parishes", and has also won the support of Archbishops Kevin McDonald and Vincent Nichols, and of Bishops Bernard Longley and John Hine (Chair of the Committee for Marriage and Family Life of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales). See below for full list of endorsements. The DVD uses the inspiring and occasionally humorous personal testimonies of couples together with an entertaining talk by Fr David Barrett on the Church's teaching on marriage and family life. These are followed by a slide presentation explaining how Natural Fertility Awareness works. The DVD is introduced by Archbishop Kevin McDonald of Southwark. Parish priests and those assisting them in preparing couples for marriage will find this DVD especially useful as an easy way to introduce Catholics to this subject. A booklet "Questions & Answers on Sex and Marriage" accompanies the DVD and deals with frequently asked questions on this topic. These are affordably priced to ensure wide usage (DVD=£14.95 inc. VAT; Booklet=£1.95). The launch on 31st January at Westminster Cathedral Hall is open to all. Starting at 6pm, the event is jointly hosted by Archbishop Kevin McDonald of Southwark and Bishop Bernard Longley of Westminster. An extract from the DVD will be shown, and there will be a talk and discussion on the subject. If you wish to attend, please contact CTS on 020 7640 0042 prior to the event as this helps us to cater for appropriate numbers; however, there will also be free admission on the evening if you are unable to contact us in advance. Source: CTS
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