Natural Family Planning

NFP is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve or avoid pregnancy. These methods are based on the observation and interpretation of the naturally occurring biological markers of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle.  NFP is distinct from calendar rhythm, is applicable to all women, and can be used at any stage of a woman’s reproductive life.

Marriage Prep
If the priest or deacon preparing you for marriage has asked that you attend an NFP Introduction Session, the archdiocesan program Transformed in Love does contain an introductory session and will meet this requirement.
For more dates and locations for Transformed in Love please click here.

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All are invited to join our Family Life Team for these free, virtual events:

Monday, July 26, 2021 from 7:30-8:30 PM
Virtual Rosary for Couples Struggling with Infertility, Difficult Pregnancies, or Infant Loss.

Join Fr. Ed Riley as we pray for couples struggling with infertility, difficult pregnancy, or infant loss on the Feast of Sts. Anne and Joachim, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. All are welcome to join us in prayer. Register via Zoom here. For more information contact Emily Elliott.

Wednesday, July 28th @ 7:30-9:00 PM
Method Match: How to Choose a Natural Fertility Awareness Method That Works for You! 

Join us for an interactive webinar that will help you navigate the crowded field of fertility awareness methods, apps, and tools with certified NFP instructors Mikayla Dalton and Christina Valenzuela and GYN, Dr. Patricia Jay. Whether you’re new to NFP or a veteran looking to make a method switch, this webinar is for you! Register via Zoom here. For more information, contact Kathryn Griffin.

Speakers include:

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Mikayla Dalton is the owner of Fig Leaf Fertility, where she offers NFP instruction in the Boston Cross Check Method and Childbirth Education with a dual focus on evidence-based practice and a spiritual or faith-based lens to fertility and childbearing. She holds an undergraduate from Australian National University in Development Studies; graduate degree in Interfaith Relations from the Australian Catholic University; Lay fraternal member of St. Dominic.

Christina Valenzuela Head Shot

Christina Valenzuela is the owner of Pearl & Thistle, LLC, where she offers NFP instruction in the Boston Cross Check Method, Cycle Prep (pre-)teen menstrual cycle education programs, and resources to boost NFP support in Catholic parishes and dioceses. She holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Notre Dame; master's degree in theology from Harvard Divinity; member of the Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic. 

Dr. Patricia Jay Head Shot

Dr. Patricia Jay of Brookline is a Creighton Medical Consultant and gynecologist. After being an OB/GYN for many years, she now specializes in transitioning women through menopause with natural hormones. Graduated from UMASS Medical School.

Previous NFP Webinars, July 2020

All Things NFP Q & A Webinar. Six Natural Family Planning experts in their fields answered participants questions ranging from methods, reproductive disorders, effectiveness, conceiving, and moral dilemmas, etc. To view the webinar, click here

NFP – What Is It and Why Does the Church Support It? Click here to watch this webinar for our Spanish speaking audiences featuring Dr. Pilar Calva, Dr. Francisco Vargas, and NFP Instructor, Alicia Javier. 

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Ministry Team 

Liz Cotrupi
Family Life Director
Office: 617-746-5801