Natural Family Planning

“A child does not come from outside as something added on to the mutual love of the spouses, but springs from the very heart of that mutual giving, as its fruit and fulfillment.  So the Church, which is ‘on the side of life’ teaches that ‘it is necessary that each and every marriage act remain ordered per se to the procreation of human life.”  cc 2366

This passage underlines the Church’s teaching that God established an inseparable bond between the unitive and procreative aspects of marriage.  Every act of married love needs to be open to the possibility of conceiving a child.  Thus, artificial contraception is contrary to God’s will for marriage because it separates the act of conception from the marital union.

Natural Family Planning is a morally permissible system for the regulation of births, which employs the natural fertility patterns and can be used within certain conditions of marriage and family life.  The method of Natural Family Planning offered here at St. Richard is the Billings Ovulation Method.

Classes are typically offered once a month at 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m in the Mercy Room by a certified instructor.  Dates are listed below.  After the initial class, a series of individual 30 minute follow-up sessions are scheduled.

Wednesday,  September 18, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Mercy Room

Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Mercy Room

Thursday,  November 21, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Mercy Room

No Class offered in December (next class will be January 2020)

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For additional information on the Billings Ovulation Method

Contact:  Debbie Tubertini, NFPI  at 601.607.3073 or email