Humanae Vitae Golden Anniversary

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae (HV), a reflection "on the nature of marriage, on the moral use of marital rights, and on the duties of the spouses" (translated by Janet E. Smith, see HV I.4). Intended as a confirmation of the Church's long-standing teaching on marriage, sexuality, life, and fertility, it emerged in the midst of the sexual revolution and was widely controversial because many hoped that it would grant faithful Catholics permission to use the recently developed birth-control pill. Instead, the letter has become foundational in our modern understanding and application of Catholic moral teaching in these areas, including natural family planning.

The Office of NFP is collaborating on a number of events and will highlight key parts and principles of this document throughout the year. Please return to this page for more event info or you can recieve our monthly newsletter by clicking here and then selecting "Natural Family Planning."

Annual Family Gathering for the Love & Life Mass And Dinner


You & your family are invited to enjoy an evening of faith, fellowship and fun in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of Humanae Vitae (July 25, 1968), a foundation encyclical on family love & the sanctity of life.

Join friends from around the St. Louis area for this anticipated annual event sponsored by the Office of Natural Family Planning. Mass will be celebrated at by Archbishop Robert J Carlson followed by a dinner catered by Pasta House and family entertainment in Boland Hall.

Adult: $12

Children (Ages 3-11): $6

{or a maximum of $60 per household}

RSVP by July 15

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