Marriage and Family

Office of Marriage and Family Life

Department of Discipleship and Family Life

1933 Spielbusch
Toledo, OH 43604-5360




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What is Natural Family Planning?

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve and avoid pregnancies. These methods are based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. No drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy. NFP reflects the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the value of the child. By respecting the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife.

What are the benefits of using NFP?

In NFP, both spouses are taught to understand the nature of fertility and work with it, either to plan a pregnancy or avoid a pregnancy. Couples who use NFP soon learn that they have a shared responsibility for family planning. Husbands are encouraged to “tune into” their wives’ cycles and both spouses are encouraged to speak openly and frankly about their sexual desires and their ideas on family size.

Other benefits include:

  • low cost
  • no harmful side effects
  • effective for achieving, spacing, or limiting pregnancy
  • can be used throughout a woman’s reproductive life
  • marriage enrichment and mutual understanding
  • appreciation for the value of children
  • fosters respect for and acceptance of the total person
  • morally acceptable

How effective are natural family planning methods for avoiding pregnancy?

When couples understand the methods and are motivated to follow them, NFP is up to 99% successful in spacing or limiting births. Those who are highly motivated to avoid pregnancy and follow the method-defined rules are very effective in meeting their goal.

You can view stories of couples who use NFP and how NFP has impacted their marriages by visiting:

Want to learn more about Natural Family Planning? - (NFP) is a holistic approach to family planning that may be used to achieve or avoid pregnancy. A Brochure on Natural Family Planning is available from the Office of Marriage and Family Life of the Diocese of Toledo. Or you can visit the USCCB Natural Family Planning website for additional resources.

Baptism: Need information about Baptisms? - Please call the parish you would like your child baptized in for more information.

Is your family in need of special assistance? - Catholic Charities includes the following services to help you and your family:

Adoption: Provides diocesan-wide service for adoption, post-adoption searches and reunions, home studies (domestic and international), infant foster care and pregnancy counseling.

Healthy Beginnings Birth Parent Counseling: Comprehensive family support services to pregnant women, particularly those who are abortion-vulnerable, providing increased access to pre-postnatal care, education opportunities, job training and counseling.

Respect Life Ministry: "We proclaim that human life is a precious gift from God; that each person who receives this gift has responsibilities toward God, self and others; and that society, through its laws and social institutions, must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence." United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)- Pro-Life Activities

Project Rachel Hotline: Offers post-abortion healing. 419-260-5811

In need of day care services for your children? - Catholic Club is a central-city educational childcare and youth center open to everyone, offering state-licensed childcare for children ages 18 months to 14 years old. Provides before- and after-school care (transporting to area schools); summer day camp, winter and spring break camps; open pool times, swim lessons and pool parties; camp-ins; and building and room rentals. The Challenge Course, a low ropes course for grade-school-age and older children, promotes leadership, self-esteem, respect and teamwork. Two large school buses are available for field trips and outings.

2013-2014 Parish Divorce Recovery Programs By City - please click here.


Want to learn more about the annulment process? - The Diocesan Tribunal website provides a question and answer section to help answer all of your questions.

For Engaged Couples

2021 Diocesan Engaged Couple Workshop Schedule

2020 Schedule for Cana II - Details Pending - Contact Nathan Maurer at 419-214-4918.

For Parishes

In the Spirit of Cana
Pastoral Outreach to Christian Marriage Formation, Preparation, Celebration and Continuing Education


Worldwide Marriage EncounterAn international program, offering help to couples who live in the disappointment and pain of a troubled marriage. It is a weekend experience with six follow-up sessions put on by couples who have rebuilt their own marriages. For confidential information about or to register for the next program, call 800-470-2230 or 419-841-1116 (in Toledo area) or visit the Retrouvaille web site.

Weekend experience, which provides tools for better communication and an atmosphere for husband and wife to evaluate and deepen their relationship with each other and God.