Programs

Programs

Reporting Abuse

 
The Office of Child and Youth Protection serves persons who bring forward allegations of sexual abuse by a member of the clergy or by lay employees or volunteers of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis.  To make a report of current or past sexual abuse please contact:
Sandra Price, Executive Director    

Office of Child and Youth Protection

314-792-7704

sandraprice@archstl.org

In addition the Archdiocese of Saint Louis encourages all victims of abuse to contact the appropriate civil authorities.

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Calendar

For information on Introductory Sessions for Natural Family Planning please click here


Upcoming NFP Events and Meetings

Monthly - Special Blessing for Couples Trying to Conceive, Expectant Couples, and High-Risk Pregnancies

A special blessing with a first class relic of St. Gianna is offered on the first Saturday of every month at St. Gianna Catholic Church in Wentzville. All couples trying to conceive, expecting or experiencing a high-risk pregnancy are invited to receive the grace offered through this powerful prayer opportunity. The blessing is offered immediately following the 8 a.m. mass at the Shrine of St. Gianna. The parish address is 450 E. Highway N, Wentzville, MO 63385. 


 Monthly - Free Infertility Counseling

(Free half-hour counseling sessions are available for couples experiencing problems trying to conceive through the Office of Natural Family Planning's Enkindle Infertility Counseling Ministry. Call the Office of NFP for more information or to schedule your appointment at 314-997-7576 or email stlnfp@archstl.org - the next sessions are April 13, 2017 and May 11, 2017. Please call for an appointment.)

 

Annually - Humanae Vitae Mass and Celebration

Each summer the Office sponsors a Mass and Family Dinner at the Cathedral Basilica to commemorate the Anniversary of Pope Paul VI encyclical Humanae Vitae.  This year's mass is July 8, 2017 at 5:00PM.  Stay tuned for details!


Parent Child Fertility Appreciation Programs at Mercy HospitalThe 2016/2017 school year Parent/Child programs at Mercy Hospital are now taking reservations.  The events provide an atmosphere of love and learning to promote communication between parents and their children.  Age appropriate information on the function of the reproductive systems is included - emphasizing respect, understanding and appreciation of God's gift of sexuality.  For more information, please call the Department of Fertility Care Services at Mercy Hospital, 314.991.0327.      
13-17  year old boys      October 15, 2017
10-12 year old girls       October 22,2017
11-12 year old boys       November 12, 2017
10-12 year old girls        February 26, 2017
11-12 year old boys       March 19, 2017
13-17 year old girls        April 2, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intro Sessions and Other Education

Theology of the Body

Piloted in 2003, this program is available to area High Schools for thier senior students. The program provides five sessions in a one day format that cover fertility care, church documents on life, concepts of Theology of the Body, a young couple speaking and witnessing on chastity, video, factual information regarding the consequences of not following Church teaching, secondary virginity and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

A Tea for Mother and Daughters

The pleasure of your company is requested by The St. John's Mercy Department of Fertility Care Services (formerly the Department of Natural Famly Planning) at their bi-annual event that provides an atmosphere of love and learning to discuss fertility and to promote communication between mother and daughter. The programs emphasize respect, understanding and appreciation for God's gift of sexuality as well as age-appropriate information on the function of the female reproductive system.

The 10 to 12 year old program will focus on: changes in girls' bodies as they enter puberty; modesty; values; plans of action; and the sacredness of human life.

The 13 to 17 year old program will focus on: dating; marriage; sexually transmitted diseases; protection of fertility through chastity; and the sacredness of human life.

Presenters include registered nurses, a physician and other teens who will participate on the panel. There is also a confidential question and answer session. For more information please call 314.991.0327 or see our calendar page.

Father/Son Facts and Fun

This event focuses on growing up and the importance of communication betweeen father and son. The program consists of a physician, fathers and a teen panel. The panel members will answer questions and discuss the importance of respect, understandng and appreciating God's gift of sexuality.

For boys 11 to 13 years old, the program explores God's special gift of human fertility and of growing up and becoming a man. Topics include: the changes in a young man's body as they enter puberty; modest; values; plans of action; and the sacredness of human life.

For 13 to 17 year old program will focus on dating; marriage; sexually transmitted diseases; protection of fertility through chastity; blessings of fatherhood and the sacredness of human life. For more information call 314.991.0327 or see our calendar page.

The Different Methods

Billings Ovulation Method http://www.boma-usa.com/
Women observe the external mucus that is produced when estrogen is alerting them to approaching ovulation. When progesterone is high, cervical crypts produce a thick mucus that is very difficult for sperm to penetrate and usually not visible externally.  Group classes are offered monthly by volunteer women at St. Anthony’s Medical Center and private follow up is available on request.

additional links: 

World Organization of the Ovulation Method: http://www.woomb.org

Fertility Care Creighton Model Services http://www.fertilitycare.org/                                                                                        Women observe the external mucus that is produced when estrogen alerts them to approaching ovulation. When progesterone is high, cervical crypts produce a thick mucus that is very difficult for sperm to penetrate and usually is not visible externally.  The standardization of this model has expanded its use to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of many gynecologic conditions, including PMS, endometriosis, infertility, poly-cystic ovary disease, etc.  Learning takes place, primarily in hospitals, through a series of private follow ups by a Fertility Care Practitioner after a group Introductory Session is attended.

additional links:

American Academy of Fertility Care Professionals: http://www.aafcp.org

Creighton Model Fertility Care Services: http://www.creightonmodel.com

Pope Paul VI Institute: http://www.popepaulvi.com

Department of Fertility Care Services, Mercy Hospital St. Louis:

 http://mercy.net/practice/mercy-fertility-care-studt-avenue

Fertility Care Centers of America: http://www.fertilitycare.org

Fertility Care Centers of Europe: www.fertilitycare.net

NaProTECHNOLOGY: http://www.naprotechnology.com

 

Marquette Model http://marquettefertilityed.com

The Marquette Model (MM) system of NFP brings 21st century technology to NFP by using the ClearBlue Easy Fertility Monitor, a device used at home which measures hormone levels in urine to estimate the beginning and end of the time of fertility in a women's menstrual cycle. The information from the monitor can be used in conjunction with observations of cervical mucus, basal body temperature, or other biological indicators of fertility. The MM was developed by professional nurses and physicians at Marquette University in the late 1990s. A recent (2007) study published in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing demonstrated a 97-98% efficacy of the MM in avoiding pregnancy when taught by a qualified teacher and correctly applied.

 

Sympto-Thermal/Couple to Couple (CCL) http://ccli.org

Couples are taught to observe mucus and cervix signs, which signal the approach of ovulation, and the temperature sign and other signs which typically accompanies ovulation.  Group sessions are presented usually in parishes by a volunteer teaching couple.

 

SymptoPro  https:// www.symptopro.org

Couples are taught to observe mucus and cervix signs, which signal the approach of ovulation, and the temperature sign and other signs which typically accompanies ovulation.  Sessions are presented in parishes by a certified instructor.

 


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