Post # 1
So I’m sure you all are in the same position, but we are about to start scheduling our Pre-Cana and our NFP classes. To be clear, my finace and I are not planning on using NFP, we will be using BC, but we know this is required by the church and will be going through with it. My cousin, a Catholic in Boston, was able to take a class in one day. Are there many options like this out here? I’m from and getting married in Minnesota, but I live in DC. I’d love to get through the class as fast as possible! Any advice on it is appreciated.
Post # 3
@MinnesotanInDC: NFP class was not required for me in NYC, but was encouraged. I did a one evening class at my doctor’s office, it was non-judgey and I did learn some interesting info about ovulation and such. MY Darling Husband did not attend, it was me, the instructor, and 3 other ladies.
Post # 4
You might also track down a copy of the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. It approaches Fertility Awareness (basically the same thing as NFP except that NFP explicitly excludes birth control while Fertility Awareness doesn’t) from a scientific perspective, rather than a theological one. If you familiarize yourself with the information in this book, you will probably get a lot more out of a one-evening course.
Post # 5
@MinnesotanInDC: Having this sort of attitude is very unhelpful. You probably think that NFP is the “rhythm method” prone to failure, and if you go into the class thinking that and just wishing it were over of course you aren’t going to get anything out of it. Modern NFP is just as effective as BC, plus you are not putting hormones and chemicals into your body or the water system and paying each month for pills. Try going to the class with an open mind, and you will be surprised what you will learn about how the amazing female body works!
Post # 6
Hey! I was married in a Catholic Church in August so I went through all the Pre-Cana classes and everything. Really we had to take the marriage classes and that was included in the 2 day porgram. Our “retreat” was 2 saturdays back to back. I also live right outside of DC so I am not sure if you are going through classes in DC or have to meet someone in Boston for everything.
Post # 7
You can probably do your prep in DC and send the paperwork over to your diocese in Minnesota. Just talk to both of them about it.