Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for methods used to achieve/avoid pregnancies based on the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. It is completely natural, with no hormone disrupting medication or implanted devices and cooperates with a woman’s cycle, rather than disrupting it. NFP reflects the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the value of the child. By respecting the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife.
Attending a Natural Family Planning Seminar is a requirement for all couples planning to marry in the Catholic Diocese of Rapid City. The seminar is also an enriching experience for married couples and anyone wanting to know more about Natural Family Planning and the Church’s teachings. Below is the schedule of the seminars along with a registration form.
Registration is required two weeks prior to your scheduled seminar, although early registration is appreciated. Registration forms are available at the link below. Seminars are from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (local time) — please plan to arrive by 8:45 a.m. to check in. For further information contact Amy with Family Life Ministries at (605) 716-5214, ext. 236.
Natural Family Planning Seminar Schedule:
March 17 — St. Joseph, Spearfish
April 21— Our Lady of the Black Hills, Piedmont
May 12— St. Therese, Rapid City
July 21— Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Rapid City
September 22— Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Rapid City
October 13— St. Joseph, Spearfish
November 10— Our Lady of the Black Hills, Piedmont
Registration Forms – Print and mail to Family Life Ministries, 2101 City Springs Rd., Suite 200, Rapid City, SD 57702-9617 or complete the form online, save it and attach to an email to Family Life Ministries. Be sure to include all of the information from the registration form in your email.
Natural Family Planning Methods and Teachers
Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System
teachers meet individually with a couple at regular intervals over the course of a year. Additional instruction is always available as needed. Practitioners are educated through Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE; certification is through the American Academy of Natural Family Planning.
Randi Brickey, FCPI
Jim & Lisa Kinyon, Rapid City, SD
Valerie Brown, PA, Faith, SD
Billings Ovulation Method (BOM)
teachers are trained and certified by Family of the Americas Foundation. Couples using BOM track the woman’s natural and unique signs of fertility and infertility each day. Based on the primary observation of sensation, four simple rules are applied within the woman’s cycle (the first three rules are used before ovulation and the fourth rule is applied once the fertile phase is over).
Jude & Skye Johnson, Eagle Butte, SD
relies on the observation of three fertility signs: cervical mucus, basal body temperature and the cervix. Certified teachers provide NFP instruction to groups of couples in a series of classroom-style presentations.
Matthew & Dr. Renee Schroeder, Chamberlain, SD
Pat & Michele Snyder, Pierre, SD
Medical Consultants & Physicians
These medical practitioners have extensive training with Natural Family Planning and Fertility Care. They do not prescribe contraceptives.
Renee Schroeder, DO, Chamberlain, SD
Avera Dakota Family Medical Center, Chamberlain, 605-234-6584
Kennebec Clinic, Kennebec, 605-869-2872