Office of Family Life - Natural Family Planning


NFP Family Dinner - Tuesday, April 4th, 5:30-9 pm, Avalon Manor, Merrillville

Live the Love

Join us for a celebration of love, marriage, and family. Good food and great company awaits as families, NFP teachers, priests, and others from our diocese come together in our first Natural Family Planning get-together. This is a FREE dinner! Children are welcome. We will have a bouncy house along with some teens and young adults to help out with the kids. This is your chance to meet with other NFP using families, clergy, and professionals in order to encourage and support each other. Chris Reynolds, Executive Director of the Couple to Couple League, will be our special guest. Register by March 28th.

For more information, or to register, click here!


What is Natural Family Planning?

Natural Family Planning is a general term that refers to various methods that have been developed to help women and men determine the fertile and infertile times of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Couples learn to recognize the signs of fertility, and how to work with them in a totally healthy, moral, and highly effective way to prevent, space, or achieve pregnancy.

Practicing NFP is 100% natural — there are no drugs, chemicals or devices involved, which is one reason many today find it to be a positive and refreshing alternative to contraceptive methods. NFP honors our dignity as persons by respecting the natural rhythms and functions of the body. Natural Family Planning is a morally acceptable method of family planning that does not violate the covenant vows that married couples  make at their wedding.

How can it help my marriage?

  • Opens and enriches communication
  • 99% effective in preventing pregnancy
  • Keeps God in the decision making and allows couples to live true responsible parenthood
  • NFP couples have a divorce rate of < 5%
  • Virtually cost free
  • Healthy, pure, and natural and can be used with irregular cycles
  • NaProTECHNOLOGY extremely effective in achieving pregnancy and treating menstrual problems

NFP and Marriage Preparation

Engaged couples are required to take a full class in NFP to complete their marriage preparation for the diocesan program. There are 3 major methods of NFP: Sympto-Thermo Method, Creighton Model System, and the Billings Ovulation Method. On site and online classes in the Sympto-Thermo NFP method are taught in the Diocese of Gary year round. Classes for all 3 methods are available online with live classes in Chicago, Indianapolis, and Lafayette, and throughout the USA.

Methods of NFP