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Marriage & Family Life Ministry

Marriage and Family Life Ministry Schedule | Natural Family Planning | Post-Abortion Healing | Retrouvaille

Application for Central Marriage Preparation Course Form (PDF)


Contact Marriage & Family Life Ministry
(219) 886-3549 x 331



Larry & Sharon Peters
(219) 924-3854

George & Rosanne Kouris
(219) 696-1308

Jenny Schmaltz
(219) 548-7588

Contact Marriage & Family Life Ministry
(219) 886-3549 x 331


Cost: $40.00 per couple
Contact Rosanne Kouris
(219) 765-1396


2016 Marriage and Family Life Ministry Schedule

Date Location
Feb 13, 20 & 27
9 am - 3 pm
St. Joseph Parish
109 C Street
LaPorte, IN
April 10, 17 & 24
1 pm - 7 pm
Our Lady of Consolation Parish
8303 Taft Street
Merrillville, IN
Aug 6, 13 & 20
9 am - 3 pm
Our Lady of Sorrows Parish
356 W 700 N
Valparaiso, IN
Sept 11, 18 & 25
1 pm - 7 pm
St. Mary Parish
525 N. Broad Street
Griffith, IN

3-Day Program
Couples need to attend all 3 classes

Cost for program: $275.00 per couple
Includes: All materials, plus Lunch or Dinner

Register at least six weeks before program date.
Contact: Family Life Ministry
(219) 886-3549 x331

Any questions concerning the program, call:
Rosanne Kouris (219) 765-1396


Each series consists of 2 Saturdays
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Donation: $50.00 per couple

Contact Office of Hispanic Ministry
(219) 397-2125

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Natural Family Planning
A Way of Life - A Way of Love

What is Natural Family Planning?

NFP 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. These methods can be used to achieve or avoid a pregnancy.

"NFP helps a woman to learn to work with her body, its natural ebbs and flaw of fertility and infertility. Together, the couple learns to appreciate their fertility as a gift."

- Cynthia Jones-Nosacek M.D.

What are the benefits of NFP?

  • NFP is safe and healthy
  • NFP enables a couple to increase communication and to better understand their own bodies
  • NFP can contribute to greater intimacy, sharing, and spirituality in a relationship

Evidence shows NFP to be 98-99% effective in avoiding pregnancy when taught by a qualified teacher and correctly applied.

The divorce rate for NFP users is less than 5%.

What are the Various Methods of NFP?

*The Ovulation Method is a system that relies upon the observation of a sign - the discharge of cervical mucus - which changes throughout the woman's cycle, indicating times of fertility.

*The Basal Body Temperature Method uses consistent observations and charting of the woman's waking temperature to determine peak times of fertility.

*The Sympto-Thermal Method
is a combination of the Ovulation and Basal Body Temperature Methods. It involves charting these observations in conjunction with other minor signs such as vulvar sensations and cervical signs to predict fertile days.

Who can use NFP?

  • Couples seeking to space or limit pregnancies
  • Couples struggling with infertility
  • Breastfeeding women
  • Peri-menopausal women
  • Women with irregular cycles
  • Women who are interested in their health

For couples experiencing infertility, 70% achieve pregnancy within one year through teaching and charting alone.

How can you learn more?
NFP Classes are offered year round in northwest Indiana. Cost for instruction in the symptom-thermal method is $75 for 4, 2 hours, monthly classes and follow-up instruction. All materials are included.

Couple to Couple League Teachers:

Larry and Sharon Peters
(219) 924-3854

George and Rosanne Kouris
(219) 696-1308

Julie and Todd Zasada
(219) 218-6703

Creighton Model of Fertility EducationTeacher:

Jenny Schmaltz, RN,FCP
(219) 263-8948

NFP Only Doctors -
Ovulation Method

(Creighton Fertility Care)

Pope Paul VI Institute
6901 Mercy Road
Omaha, NE 68106
(402) 390-6600

*Instruction in Spanish or English

*New medical technologies for help with infertility

“To hear a local couple’s witness regarding Natural Family Planning check out this link”

"The acts in marriage by which the intimate and chaste union of the spouses takes place are noble and honorable; the truly human performance of these acts fosters the self-giving they signify and enriches the spouses in joy and gratitude."

Sexuality is a source of joy and pleasure...
- Catechism of the Catholic Church (2362)

Benefits of NFP

  • Based on scientific fact
  • Cooperates with nature's design and treats each menstrual cycle as unique
  • Is effective for achieving and avoiding pregnancy
  • Can be used throughout the woman's reproductive lifetime
  • Has NO harmful side effects
  • Economical
  • Values children
  • Requires mutual responsibility of both husband and wife
  • Encourages couple communication
  • Fosters respect for and acceptance of the total person
  • Cooperates with God's design for spouses

Marriage is God's sacred gift of unity, a promise that affirms both love and life. True marital love mirrors God's love for his people - total, faithful, fruitful, and free.

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Post-Abortion Healing

If an abortion is in your past, you need to know...

This is the place to heal your wounded heart.

This is the place to find loving arms to embrace you.

This is the place to receive Christ's forgiveness and grace.

If you are the mother or father of a child lost to abortion, we want you to know this is a place of hope and healing.

We will not judge you. We will help you on the road to wholeness. We will support you with prayer.

You don't have to suffer in silence anymore.

Rachel's Vineyard Retreats

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A Lifeline for Married Couples
Four Stages of Marriage: Romance, Disillusionment, Misery & Awakening

Marriage does not follow the Happily Ever After formula portrayed in popular media. Most couples whose marriages end in divorce are often people who never learned the proper tools for a happy marriage and became overwhelmed in disillusionment or misery. Retrouvaille has helped countless couples experiencing marital difficulty at all levels - including disillusionment and deep misery. Hope and healing are only a phone call away.

Retrouvaille of Northwest Indiana
(708) 802-1830 or (800) 470-2230
Your call is confidential and will not be subject to third party discussion.

Call or visit for nationwide weekend dates and locations. 

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