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Announcing: Catholic Physician’s and Allied Healthcare Professionals and Medical Students Retreat: "Theology of the Body and its Application to the Health Care Profession"
Cindy Leonard, July 6, 2017 (Church Teachings)

Co-sponsored by the Catholic Academy for Life Leadership of the Diocese of Phoenix and the Catholic Physician's Guild the retreat will be held at the Franciscan Renewal Center: September 29-October 1, 2017. To register for the retreat, please email call@diocesephoenix.org to ask for an application and flyer.

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted is pleased to announce and invite all Catholic Physicians and Catholic Medical Students to a Catholic Physicians’ Retreat, "Answer Your CALL in the New Evangelization," which is being provided for the spiritual growth of Catholic doctors in our diocese: . Read more »

Father and Son: Male Sexuality, A Key Conversation

Registration is necessary at Diocese of Phoenix Events

Cindy Leonard, April 28, 2017 (About Natural Family Planning)

Fathers with their Sons learn about the awe-inspiring bodies we have! This seminar covers male/female reproductive anatomy and physiology, contraception and the contraceptive mentality, true masculinity and femininity, the unitive and procreative nature of marriage, age-appropriate scientific basis for Natural Family Planning, and sexual morality.. Read more »

NFP Method Selection: Trying to decide which Method of NFP is right for you?
Cindy Leonard, July 14, 2016 (About Natural Family Planning)

Here at the Diocese of Phoenix, we offer classes in a variety of NFP methods so each couple can decide the method that will be the best fit for them. Below are some questions you can ask yourselves that may help in your decision making. Ultimately the decision may come down to pragmatics if you are in a rush to join the next available series of classes, but if you have time to wait for the method that you really want to learn and use, take this quiz!

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Mom & Me: Our Bodies, Our Bond

Registration is necessary at Diocese of Phoenix Events

Cindy Leonard, April 28, 2016 (About Natural Family Planning)

Mom & Me: Our Bodies, Our Bond are Mother/Daughter Programs for 10-12/13-year-old girls and 13-16-year-old girls and their mothers to learn about God’s plan for growing up, becoming a woman and His gifts of sexuality, fertility and chastity. Topics include: the changes in a young woman’s body as it prepares for motherhood; the onset of ovulation and subsequent menstrual periods; the functions of the female reproductive system; the emphasis on chastity and reverence for our sexuality are also discussed with the older girls.

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St. Gerard's Mass of Comfort and Hope for Infertile Couples

Celebrant-Fr. Charlie Gorieb

6:00 PM, Friday, April 21, 2017

Diocesan Pastoral Center Chapel

Cindy Leonard, January 1, 2016 (Infertility)

A complimentary reception followed Mass with refreshments and resources. Many stayed to visit with local NaproTechnology Ob/Gyn practices, diocesan catechists, foster parent support groups, and adoption specialists from Catholic Charities. This Annual Mass is for all those who suffer the effects of infertility. We want each of you to know that married couples are not facing their challenges alone. They are doing so with God and the Church who journey with each of them in this suffering.

A new support group has begun and representatives were at a table to talk to prospective participants. Sarah's Hope and Abraham's Promise, for those dealing with fertility, pregnancy loss and adoption. Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 pm. Please email phxshap@gmail.com before attending your first meeting.

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Not my will, but yours be done: Marriage, faith and NFP
Steve and Becky Greene, December 14, 2015 (Couple Witness)

Originally published in May 17, 2012 issue of the Catholic Sun.

Becky Greene is a home-schooling mother and freelance writer who started reclaimingthewomb.com. Steve Greene is an adjunct philosophy professor for Mesa Community College and director of parish administration at St. Anne Parish in Gilbert. They both speak on marriage, life, family and Natural Family Planning. the link text. Read more »

Sympto-Thermal NFP Instructor Training Available On-Line
Cindy Leonard, December 2, 2015 (Instructor Training)

Are you passionate about NFP and would you like to help answer Bishop Thomas Olmsted's call to provide all couples marrying in the Diocese of Phoenix with a full course in Natural Family Planning?

Can you commit to a 12 week course of on-line, self-paced study and to teach approximately 3 full courses per year?

We are always in need of joy filled, married Catholic couples who embrace life with NFP to become NFP teachers. We ask those couples to prayerfully consider training to become a certified Sympto-Thermal NFP instructors and join the NFP Revolution!. Read more »

On line Sympto-Thermal charting opportunity! Can you say Charting App?
Cindy Leonard, August 31, 2015 (About Natural Family Planning)

If you want to burn that stack of paper charts and use the internet intead to help keep tabs on your fertility, then Northwest Family Services has your back!. Read more »

Sympto-Thermal Method While Breastfeeding: A Client Refresher
Cindy Leonard, August 26, 2015 (Events)

Diocesan Pastoral Center: 400 E. 400 E. Monroe St Phoenix, AZ 85004 Offered Periodically- check our schedule of classes or send an email to nfp@diocesephoenix.org to request a refresher class.. Read more »

NFP in Health Crisis Teaches Selfless Trust in God
Anonymous, November 13, 2014 (Couple Witness)

Natural Family Planning has been such a blessing in our lives. At first, I was opposed to it. I thought the pill was the only option. Thank God a friend told me about NFP! It took me a while to understand the terminology as well as the philosophy behind the concept. After a few years of using it, I became aware of how trustworthy NFP is and how wonderful that it is both free and good for my body. At this point my husband and I decided to become trained to teach NFP to newly married couples. It was ironic how the laughing engaged couple in the back of the NFP room (us) was now training to teach others about things we never spoke about in public.

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Catholic Academy for Life Leadership: Graduation!
Cindy Leonard, April 14, 2014 (Chastity)

The Catholic Academy for Life Leadership complements catechetical efforts in the Diocese by providing systematic formation, leadership, and service opportunities for teens in pro-life and chaste living topics such as Theology of the Body, Catholic teachings on human sexuality, and bioethics. C.A.L.L. supports parents in their aim to offer their teens a truthful and faithful Catholic Worldview with the hope of happy, healthy, and holy relationships and a vibrant faith throughout their college years.

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NFP Belize!
Cindy Leonard, December 2, 2013 (About Natural Family Planning)

Recently the Office of NFP was called upon to offer an NFP teacher training for the Diocese of Belize. This opportunity clearly had the hand of God written all over it, as it began with a dream by Kay Allen, lay SOLT missionary for Belize to have the Diocese of Phoenix come to her new country to provide this much needed training.. Read more »

1st Annual St. Gerard's Mass of Comfort & Hope for Infertile Couples

Homily Notes of Fr. Charlie Goraieb

May 3, 2013

Fr. Charlie Goraeib, May 30, 2013 (Infertility)

This Mass was proposed some time ago and has really been needed. The Church has not always been responsive to the pastoral needs of couples experiencing infertility and so for that we apologize and hope to be more open in our pastoral response.

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Mass of Comfort and Hope for those who are affected by Infertility
Cindy Leonard, April 1, 2013 (About Natural Family Planning)

On Friday, May 3, 2013, The Diocese of Phoenix Office of NFP is hosting a special Mass for all affected by infertility.

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Natural Fertility Seminar
Dr. Deidre Wilson, D.O, May 23, 2012 (About Natural Family Planning)

Come to a free seminar, offered by Dr. Deirdre Wilson, D.O. on this new women's health science.. Read more »

Time To Take Off The Blinders
Dr. John Littell, M.D. BOMA Instructor, May 10, 2012 (About Natural Family Planning)

I am a family physician, who has provided care to women and their families, to include obstetrics and gynecology, for more than 20 years.

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Marriage Preparation Requirements in the Diocese of Phoenix
Cindy Leonard, January 7, 2012 (Marriage Benefits of NFP)

Beginning January 1, 2010, a new marriage preparation policy for our diocese took effect.. Read more »

Northwest Family Services, January 4, 2012 (About Natural Family Planning)

First published for Northwest Family Services and edited for use by Office of NFP in the Diocese of Phoenix, here are commonly asked questions and answers regarding NFP.. Read more »

The Pill turns 50: Modern Panacea or Medical Nemesis?
Robert F.Conkling M.D., April 26, 2010 (Contraception)

In November, 2009 three major health stories appeared in the Washington press in less than two weeks that were an occasion to pause and reflect.. Read more »

U.N. Links Population Control and Climate Change
Reprinted with permision from National Catholic Register 12/14/09, January 15, 2010 (About Natural Family Planning)

U.N. Links Population Control and Climate Change. Read more »

How Cohabitation Is a Sin Against Social Justice
Reprinted with permision from National Catholic Register 11/8/09, 01/08/10, January 8, 2010 (Church Teachings)

How Cohabitation Is a Sin Against Social Justice. Read more »

AIDS and Condoms: The Science
Reprinted with permision from National Catholic Register 04/09/09,01/08/10, January 8, 2010 (Contraception)

AIDS and Condoms: The Science. Read more »

Evaluation and Treatment of Infertility
Clint Leonard, MD, December 21, 2009 (Science and NFP)

Despite the best intentions and actions of a husband and wife, sometimes they are unable to conceive on their own and need some assistance.. Read more »

Opting Out of Hooking Up.
Reprinted with permision from National Catholic Register Sep. 10, 2008,, October 25, 2009 (About Natural Family Planning)

Across the country, young Catholic men are responding to that challenge by forming purity groups to offer prayer, support and fellowship. Read more »

The Pill and Premenopausal Breast Cancer: a Connection!
Dr. James Statt and Mike Phelan, July 2, 2009 (Contraception)

In the past 40 years, breast cancer rates have increased steadily, especially among younger women in more developed countries.. Read more »

Emergency Contraception - Boon or Bane?
Susan E. Wills, May 23, 2009 (Contraception)

Following the public debate on "emergency contraceptives" (ECs) is bound to be confusing.. Read more »

Fact Sheet: Emergency Contraception
unknown, May 14, 2009 (About Natural Family Planning)

Emergency Contraception Fails to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion. Read more »

Recommended Reading
unknown, May 14, 2009 (About Natural Family Planning)

Books and web sites.. Read more »

NAPROTECHNOLOGY: An Alternative in Reproductive Medicine
Dr. Deidre Wilson, D.O., April 27, 2009 (Achieving Pregnancy)

Naprotechnology is proving to be very effective in treating couples with infertility.. Read more »

Volunteers Needed for Major NFP Study
Dr. Richard J. Fehring, PhD, RN, April 2, 2009 (Science and NFP)

Effectiveness Study on Two Internet-Based Natural Family Planning Methods. Read more »