Office of Natural Family Planning


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Read about a new generation of medical professionals who are embracing true women’s health through the new scientific approach to natural family planning. Click here for more 

What Can NFP do for You?

  • Less than 5% of couples who use Natural Family Planning have marriages which end in divorce.
  • Natural Family Planning is 97-99% effective when used to avoid a pregnancy and is also effective when used to achieve a pregnancy.
  • Couples who use Natural Family Planning report it improves communication and adds SPICE to the relationship.

What is NFP and How does It Work?

Barring any medical problems, men are always fertile. Women alternate between periods of fertility and infertility. By cooperating with this cycle, couples effectively achieve or avoid pregnancy. For more information and a brief description of the methods, click here or cursor over the method name to link to their national websites. 


For Engaged Couples 

To find a listing of introductory sessions in the Archdiocese  click here.

Latest News

Homily from the Annual Infertility Support Mass

To read the homily given by Bishop Rice at the annual Infertility Support Mass on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes click here.

And the Winner is...

Tuesday, February 11th, on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Office of Natural Family Planning hosted its 8th Annual Mass for Couples Struggling with Infertility.  At the reception following, Bishop Rice pulled the winning ticket for the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Fund raffle.  Congratulations to Robin Cornett who won the grand prize - the use of Mercy Hospital’s Baseball Suite during one game of the 2014 Cardinal Baseball season.  This generous donation from Mercy Hospital St. Louis and our annual trivia night will alleviate the financial burden of one or more families who make the life affirming choice of adoption.    This year’s trivia night is scheduled for October 4, 2014.  For more information on this grant, contact the Archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning at 314.997.7576


Voices in the Desert: The story of Pope Paul VI Institute

Mark your calendars and watch Voices in the Desert, the compelling documentary of the Pope Paul VI Institute, which premiers on EWTN on Monday, January 20, 2014.  This half hour presentation tells the story of how the prophetic words of Pope Paul VI in Humanae Vitae led to the hope-filled advances in Catholic reproductive health care and the Women's health science of NaProTechnology.

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