Attending a Christian 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 one week prior to your scheduled seminar. 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 Family Life Ministries at (605) 715-5214, ext. 236 or 220.

Natural Family Planning Seminar 2017 Schedule:

      March 25 — St. Joseph, Spearfish

      April 8 — Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Rapid City

      June 17 — Blessed Sacrament, Rapid City

      September 16 St. Therese, Rapid City

      November 18 — Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Rapid City

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
(605) 390-3769

Jim & Lisa Kinyon, Rapid City, SD
(605) 343-2863

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). There are currently no certified teachers of BOM in this area.

Sympto-Thermal Method 

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.

Erica Bestgen
(605) 639-9299