Director’s Desk

NFP Lessons: Learned, Lived, Shared by Sheila St. John

“Personally, I’m just glad the school is taking care of it, so I don’t have to” Though the incident was twenty years ago, I vividly recall witnessing a parent (who happened to also be a school board member) stand up and proclaim this at a meeting introducing parents to the new “sex ed”... [Read more...]

Sheila St. John A Lesson on Marriage by Sheila St. John

I recently observed a most beautiful expression of the nature of marriage from the  most unexpected of sources: TV. Specifically, the Butler did it. In the pantry, in conversation with the cook. If you’re a Downton Abbey fan, you know what I am talking about. For everyone else, a little background.... [Read more...]

Sheila St. John Archbishop Cordileone honored with 2015 Calegari Award

Aug. 21 and 22, 2015, 235 people gathered from throughout California (and beyond) at the event center at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco to attend the 13th statewide CANFP Conference MALE AND FEMALE HE CREATED THEM. For those of us attending our 13th of these CANFP State Conferences, the... [Read more...]

Announcing 2015 Calegari Award Recipient by Sheila St. John

The Calegari Award recipient is selected by CANFP in recognition of unique and significant contributions to the people of California, reflecting the vision, insight, and faithful dedication of Fr. Marc Calegari, SJ — advocating for NFP, and the values and principles on which it is based. Archbishop... [Read more...]

Who Would Benefit from Attending CANFP Conference? by Sheila St. John

Maria is a new NFP teacher, and is loving it, but has oh so many questions: how to get the word out, how to balance family and teaching,  how to handle those difficult charts. Oh, to spend two days with mentors who have been there done that! Joan and Jerry have been teaching NFP for two decades, know... [Read more...]

Thank You! Full Steam Ahead by Sheila St. John

As we begin a new year, our 23rd year, I want to spend a moment acknowledging those who have made all we did this past year possible. First and foremost, a sincere thank you to the donors listed in the insert of this edition, for believing what we do is important, and urgent. Know that you are always... [Read more...]

CANFP~ Path to Stewardship by Sheila St. John

Stewardship is at the heart of CANFP. We came to be, as an organization, because we saw a need to pull together the tremendous resources we have in our California NFP community, to work together to bring the good news of NFP to all. Sometimes we get suggestions that “you should do this, or you should... [Read more...]

Does My Husband Have to Be There? by Sheila St. John

Nine times out of ten, it is the woman who makes that first call to me, inquiring about NFP. (Frankly, when it is the man who inquires, it is often a red flag that the woman is, shall we say, a little resistant to the whole concept.) And if I have neglected during the call to proactively emphasize the... [Read more...]

YOUR Website by Sheila St. John

We have long anticipated the launch of our new website, and it is proving to be a great resource, not only for our members, but for all who seek information on healthy, effective family planning. The new canfp.org is a gift to our community, proclaiming a much needed perspective on marraige and family... [Read more...]

Ch-Ch-Changes by Sheila St. John

Our president, Dr. Keenan, wrote in the summer CANFP NEWS about CANFP being at the dawn of a new day. That was more prophetic than even she may have realized at the time! Much change is underfoot at CANFP. I do not like change so much. I definitely do not like saying goodbye to long time board members,... [Read more...]

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