“The Catholic Church supports the methods of Natural Family Planning (NFP) because they respect God’s design for married love. In fact, NFP represents the only authentic approach to family planning available to husbands and wives because these methods can be used to both attempt or avoid pregnancy.”
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. All rights reserved.
Parties preparing for marriage in the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) are required to participate in one introductory NFP session. This requirement can be satisfied through either an in-person session or an online session.
Engaged couples wishing to participate in the introductory NFP session in-person should contact the AMS priest preparing them for marriage. He is in the best position to know trained facilitators in the local area.
The AMS has engaged Erin Welsh, FCPI, Director of Holy Family Fertility Education, to coordinate the Archdiocesan introductory NFP sessions.
A certified Creighton-Method instructor, Erin, teaches these sessions via Skype at times that are mutually agreeable to the parties and her (or another trained facilitator who collaborates with her). The introductory session cost is $10. To arrange for the introductory NFP session, please contact Erin Welsh at HolyFamilyFertilityEducation@gmail.com.
Engaged and married couples are also encouraged to register for the full eight-session NFP program. Each session costs $35. Materials for the eight-session course are an additional $50.
Please note that even though approved online marriage preparation programs include an NFP component, this does not satisfy the AMS requirement to participate in a one-session introduction dedicated to NFP.
Follow this link to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for information about Natural Family Planning
Does Natural Family Planning Really Work? by Erin Welsh, FCP (.pdf 175kb)
Prayers of the Faithful for Natural Family Planning (Petitions – .doc 53KB)