Natural Family Planning

“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.”

Used with permission from the NFP Program,
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. All rights reserved.

Both parties preparing for the celebration of marriage in the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) are required to participate in a one-hour introductory Natural Family Planning session. This requirement can be satisfied with a trained facilitator leading either an in-person or an online session.

In-Person Sessions

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.

Online Sessions

The AMS has engaged Erin Welsh, CFCP, Director of Holy Family Fertility Care, 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).

  • Introductory session, group of six couples cost is $10
  • Introductory on-demand viewing session cost is $20
  • Introductory couple session with a facilitator cost is $40

To arrange one of the introductory NFP sessions listed above, please contact Erin Welsh at

Engaged and married couples are also encouraged to register for the full session NFP program. Each additional session costs $40. Materials for the four session are an additional $50 (total cost is $230-$250). Couples receive a certificate of completion after the fourth follow-up session.

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-hour introductory session dedicated to NFP.