ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y., October 22, 2008 – A new 22-minute documentary, “Plan Your Family Naturally – An introduction to Natural Family Planning”, produced by The Diocese of Rockville Centre, dispels common myths about natural family planning (NFP). View trailer here https://www.drvc-faith.org/nfpDvdOffering.html.
Natural Family Planning educators, Dr. Jennifer and Matthew DeMarco reveal one of the Catholic Church’s best kept secrets: an effective, simple and natural approach to family planning. This is not the infamous, old-fashioned “rhythm method”. Today’s NFP is almost 100 percent effective. It uses modern, scientific techniques to determine when a woman is fertile or infertile, so married couples can achieve or safely postpone pregnancy. Working in harmony with nature, this approach removes any artificial barriers to the full, free, faithful and fruitful union of sacramental marriage.
The DeMarcos are joined by Chris and Dan Volpe and Damon and Melanie Owens, married couples who share their own experiences of discovering, learning and living NFP. They provide a heartfelt, real-life witness to its effectiveness, challenges, and many benefits – practical, relational, and spiritual – as they cooperate with God’s natural plan for married sexuality.
“We produced this video because Catholic couples preparing for marriage need to know there is a new, natural, effective and easy-to-learn approach to family planning that is in harmony with God's plan for married sexuality,” said John Romanowsky, Associate Director for Media Technology, Office of Faith Formation, Diocese of Rockville Centre and producer of the DVD.
In modern documentary style, the DVD answers questions like:
- What is NFP?
- Won’t it ruin our sex life?
- Why is the divorce rate so low for couples using NFP?
- How effective is it really?
- Why don’t more people know about it?
- Isn’t it too difficult for most people to learn?
- What’s so beneficial about it being “natural”?
- Why does the Catholic Church approve of NFP?
“Fertility is a healthy thing,” said Chris Volpe. “It’s a sign of your body doing what God intended it to do and I was taking a pill to make it not do what it’s supposed to do. This was a real contradiction to me.”
“The beauty of NFP is that it’s 100 percent reversible,” said Dr. Jennifer DeMarco, who practices family medicine. “There’s no coming off a pill, waiting three months, which is what the pharmaceutical companies recommend. It could take up to a year to regain your flexibility, sometimes longer. NFP is natural and that’s a nice thing.”
“God has a call for all of us,” said Damon Owens. “We are living what God asked us to do. Everyone has the ability to hear God’s call a little bit clearer, knowing the details and the depth of our biology of the body and the theology of the body is a human way of embracing that knowledge as a sign of what God is asking us and that has been our experience.”
The cost of the video is $15 plus $3 S&H. Quantity discounts are available. To order “Plan Your Family Naturally – An Introduction to Natural Family Planning” contact the Office of Faith Formation, Diocese of Rockville Centre at 516-678-5800, ext. 236. To order online, visit https://www.drvc-faith.org/marriageDvdOffering.html. For more information and to view the trailer click here.
The documentary is a joint project with the Order of Malta, American Association.
Sean P. Dolan
Diocese of Rockville Centre
516-678-5800, ext. 625
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 2.8 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 18,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 19,000 first communions and 4,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 22,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. There are also 120,189 total students in religious