Marriage Prep – Natural Family Planning

Marriage Preparation for Jackson, Hillsdale and Lenawee County Parishes

Thanks to all who have encouraged couples to attend the in-person classes offered at St. Mary Star of the Sea in Jackson and St. Anthony of Padua in Hillsdale (Introduction to NFP and Introduction to the Billings Ovulation Method) over the past 5 years. Your support is greatly appreciated.

 In collaboration with the Diocesan Director of Fertility and Life Ministries (Jenny Ingles) and in support of the new guidelines for the Marriage Catechumenate we are making some changes to what will be offered as an Introduction to Natural Family Planning in our area.

 Beginning in SEPTEMBER of 2021, instead of offering the 2 hour Introduction to NFP, we will be offering a class titled: Introduction to Natural Family Planning-Making Observations at 3 parish locations (see flyer attached).   This will be designed as a follow-up class to the Diocesan FREE SELF-PACED ONLINE Introduction to NFP that all couples are now required to take.  Couples can register for this class at

The online class will provide all couples with the same information on Church Teaching (i.e. Humane Vitae, Theology of the Body) and some basic information about NFP and the 4 methods available in the diocese from local instructors (in-person) or online.  If you prefer, the online class can be offered in person by contacting Jenny Ingles at the Diocese.

 Why the changes? Based on the evaluations received from the classes, couples are asking for more hands-on (practical) experience to help them understand how the science of NFP is applied, BEFORE they decide whether or not they actually want to learn a method of NFP right now. In addition, couples who choose not to learn a specific method or are currently unable to chart, will receive some basic information about how to make observations using the science of NFP and God’s design for fertility awareness.  We hope this class will encourage more couples to arrange to take a course of instruction.

 The in-person 2 hour INTRODUCTION to NFP-MAKING OBSERVATIONS will NOT duplicate what the couples learn on-line. It will be taught by a Registered Nurse, who is a certified instructor in the Billings Ovulation Method. However the class will provide general information on the SymptoThermal, Marquette and Creighton methods as well. Couples will be encouraged to sign up for further instruction in the method of their choice. They will receive a participation certificate.

 What do couples need to do?

  • Register for the 2 hour FREE ONLINE Introduction to NFP offered by the Diocese of Lansing. They can complete this at their own pace from home at a time convenient for them.
  • Sign up for the FREE 2 hour INTRODUCTION to NFP-MAKING OBSERVATIONS CLASS that will be offered at various parishes in the area. (See attached).

If you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to contact Maria Ansett BSN RN IBCLC at or 517-974-2330 (call or text).  Your Parish Office should receive a mailing soon with flyers you can share with couples or feel free to copy the attached schedule.



Maria Ansett BSN RN.


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