Family Life

The Office of Family Life assists Pastors in preparing couples for marriage and seeks to support and strengthen family life.

Nick Lund-Molfese, Director

Kim Brayman, 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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Annual Wedding Anniversary Celebration Mass

Preparations are underway for the annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Celebrations. The event includes a special Mass with Bishop Edward M. Rice, followed by a reception.  All married couples are cordially invited to attend with their family and friends.  These occasions enable all of us to celebrate and affirm the great gift of married love within our families and communities. Please make plans to attend!

*Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield

*Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. in St. Mary Cathedral, Cape Girardeau

Couples celebrating their First, 10th, 25th, 50th, or 50+ Anniversary, please pre-register for one of these two events and receive an Episcopal Blessing from Bishop Rice.

In order for us to properly prepare, we ask that couples RSVP by July 20, 2018.  You may register at or fill out the attached form and mail it to Kim Brayman, in the Office of Family Life, 601 S. Jefferson, Springfield MO 65806-3143, or Email the information to  The registration form can also be found on the Family Life page of the diocesan website at

Marriage Preparation

Congratulations on your engagement!

The Church is united with you in prayer and loving support as you respond to God’s call to live the fullness of your faith within the Sacrament of Marriage.

The Office of Family Life is committed to assisting you in embracing the vocation of marriage. This time of preparation is a blessing: Participation in the marriage preparation program will deepen your ability to fully live God’s call to holy love in marriage and family life.  I am confident that the process will provide you with life skills and faith formation to better understand the Church’s dedication to married life and the Lord’s invitation to you in the vocation of matrimony. Be assured of my prayers, and may God bless you with His love and abundant graces.

The Most Reverend Edward Rice
Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

Four requirements for Couples that wish to be married in the Catholic Church:

1) The process starts when you meet with your parish priest. Contact your parish as soon as possible.

2) Take the FOCCUS pre-marriage questionnaire at your parish.

FOCCUS is an excellent tool to help with the process of discernment and dialogue as you prepare for the sacrament of marriage.   If you have not made arrangements to complete the FOCCUS, a pre-marriage questionnaire, please contact your pastor.

3) Complete a class on Natural Family Planning (NFP).

You can visit the Family Life page of the diocesan website ( to see the different classes we recommend, from personal one-on-one classes to Online classes to group classes.  You are responsible for registering and paying for the class of your choice. Register early: When the class is completed, please give a copy of your certificate of completion to your pastor.

4) Attend a Marriage Preparation program.

The standard program our diocese offers consists of five, two-hour sessions held once a week for five consecutive weeks.  The sessions are held in the home of a volunteer lead couple.  Each session must be attended in order to receive a Certificate of Completion.  Upon completion, this certificate will be mailed to your pastor.  Sessions are scheduled in your area by our office. And while we try to accommodate your schedule, limited lead couple availability requires flexibility.  Look forward to a fun and engaging time while making new friends!

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


Patty and John Straus
Personalized instruction for all couples.
Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) of NFP
Through Couple – Couple League
(417) 840-5494 or
Cost: $135 plus shipping and handling per couple. This covers three full courses typically one month apart and includes materials such as student guide, chart booklet, thermometer, and online chart app. for 6 months, e-newsletter, and lifetime consultations and Family Foundations magazine. Couples can also join online classes this would be the same as a face to face class. This would allow couples the flexibility to choose different schedules while still receiving the personal attention.
Springfield Area.


Caitlin Blaine, FCI
(417) 234-2612 or
Cost: $40 per couple for Introductory Session.Materials and Follow-up additional cost
Springfield Area: At this time, The Office of Family Life is offering full Scholarships.

Melissa Coello, RN, MSN, FCP
Mosaic FertilityCare

Creighton Model FertilityCare with referral to Naprotechnology Physicians (St. Louis) available. Comprehensive fertility charting program based on your individual needs.

Teaching available in Cape Girardeau and online. Private Introductory session $35, Materials and 8 individual follow-up sessions (over a year) $325.

Please visit my Facebook page Mosaic FertilityCare for more information. Also, see for more information on Creighton Model FertilityCare.

Learn NFP Online
Presented by Marriage Ministries in the Archdiocese of Chicago,
Billings Ovulation Method of NFP
Cost: $49 per couple

Northwest Natural Family Planning
Recommended by Catholic Marriage Prep

Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) of NFP
Cost: $110 – $135 per couple

Couple – Couple League
Art of NFP® Home Study Course,
Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) of NFP
Cost: $160 per couple

NFP International
Symptothermal Method Plus Eco-Breastfeeding
Couples learn all the fertility signs (mucus temperature and cervix) plus the natural spacing of births with ecological breastfeeding. The cross-checking method is highly effective for postponing pregnancy.
Cost: $80 per couple
Course is offered online or call (740)457-9663

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