Family Ministries

The Office of Family Ministries exists to support and strengthen family life. Programs and resources are offered with the aim of raising the awareness of the sacredness of family life and firmly establishing a Family Perspective throughout the diocese.

Katie Newton, Assistant

601 S Jefferson Avenue                              417-866-0841 phone
Springfield, MO 65806                                417-866-1140 fax


Marriage Building Programs for Parishes


Pope Francis told couples: “The Church herself is fully involved in the story of every Christian marriage: she is built on their successes and she suffers in their failures.” (May 2015)

The Pope is telling us that when marriages are strong, the Church is strong. Two programs parishes can use to help couples strengthen their marriages are: SIX DATES for Catholic Couples, and The Beatitudes, a Couple’s Path to Greater Joy.

These programs offer what husbands and wives are hungry for today: the opportunity to make time for each other and to go on a date. The programs invite couples to go on six private dates, each based on a different theme. Participants bring their children to the parish, watch a short video and then depart for their date guided in their private conversations with simple questions found on a handout.

SIX DATES for Catholic Couple is available with Spanish subtitles and handouts in Spanish: https://youtu.be_B6iGg7XN9o

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Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Celebration

Preparations are underway for the annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Celebrations to be held on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 2:30 PM at St. Agnes Cathedral in Springfield and on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 2:30 PM at St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral in Cape Girardeau.  These occasions are an opportunity for all of us to celebrate and affirm the great gift of married love.

The celebration includes a Mass celebrated by Bishop Edward Rice, followed by a reception in the school cafeteria.  Any couple who will or has celebrated their 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th or 50+ anniversary anytime during 2017 is most cordially invited to attend.  Family members of the couples are included in this invitation.

In order for us to prepare properly we need to hear from participating couples by January 30th for Springfield and February 6th for Cape Girardeau.  Please have couples fill out this form and send it to Katie Newton, Office of Family Ministries, 601 S. Jefferson, Springfield MO 65806-3143, or email the information to


Marriage Preparation

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Natural Family Planning

Modern Natural Family Planning is 100% natural and up to 99% effective as a family planning method. Learn how NFP benefits a couple’s relationship -including the nearly non-existent divorce rate among NFP-practicing couples.

Natural Family Planning Classes
The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau requires a Natural Family Planning classes as part of the comprehensive Marriage Preparation process to be married at any of the Catholic parishes in our diocese.  This is in addition to our 5-week Marriage Preparation classes.  Research has shown that couples who practice Natural Family Planning have a much higher satisfaction in their married life and the divorce rate for those couples is much lower.

Engaged couples may choose from any of the programs listed below.  The most current list of approved NFP classes can be found on the Family Ministries page of the diocesan website at

Options for Natural Family Planning Classes

Jessica Barinque, FCI
Creighton Model’s NaPro Technology
(573) 382-0489 or
$20 per couple for Beginner’s Course
Cape Girardeau/Sikeston/Poplar Bluff Area

Valerie Seyer, FCP
Creighton Model’s NaPro Technology
(573) 576-9894 or
$20 per couple for Beginner’s Course
Cape Girardeau/Sikeston/Poplar Bluff Area

Patty and John Straus
Personalized instruction for all couples.
Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) of NFP
Through Couple to Couple League
(417) 840-5494 or
$50 per couple for Beginners’ Course. Full course and materials available for an additional cost.
Springfield Area

Marca Stephens FCP
Creighton Model System
Fertilitycare Center of the Ozarks
573-247-8624 or
Bunker, Salem and Rolla Areas

Learn NFP Online
Presented by Marriage Ministries in the Archdiocese of Chicago
Billings Ovulation Method of NFP
$49.00 per couple

Northwest Natural Family Planning
Recommended by Catholic Marriage Prep

Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) of NFP
$110 – $135 per couple
Couple to Couple League
Art of NFP® Home Study Course
Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) of NFP
$160.00 per couple

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