Therefore what God has joined, no one shall separate.
— Mark 10:9
The Sacrament of Matrimony is for the marriage of a man and a woman who, after careful discernment, have decided to live their vocations as husband and wife before the Lord, as they form a family to raise their children in the Catholic Faith.
Please contact a priest at least 6 months prior to an intended date of wedding.
For questions, please Contact Us.
50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae and Natural Family Planning
July 25, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s landmark teaching on birth control. While some claim that women’s liberation is tied to accessible birth control, the Church steadfastly proclaims that contraception is unhealthy for women and harmful for marriages. What’s more, science backs up these claims and offers alternatives.
God did not leave us with an impossible command! Instead, the Church offers a loving solution. Through the use of fertility awareness methods of Natural Family Planning, spouses can make use of the natural workings of their bodies to plan or postpone pregnancy. For more information, please visit archla.org/nfp or call 213-637-7250.
- Download our NFP vs. Hormonal Contraception Fact Sheet
- Read Humanae Vitae - English
- Order Humanae Vitae - The USCCB has recently released the 50th Anniversary Annotated Edition
- Read Archbishop Gomez's Column The Fruit of Love
- Visit FactsAboutFertility.com for more information on the types of NFP available.
Fertility Awareness and Natural Family Planning (NFP) allow women to understand their fertility and their bodies' natural signs that indicate the working of their reproductive systems. That information can be used to help women achieve and maintain better health as well as pinpoint areas of concern. Because Fertility Awareness and NFP makes women aware of their cycles and their fertile and non-fertile times, it can help married couples achieve or avoid pregnancy in ways that respect the integrity of women’s mental, physical and spiritual health and are in keeping with the Church’s moral teaching and the desire for healthy marriages and flourishing families.
Fertility Awareness and NFP can be practiced in a variety of ways depending on what works best for the woman and/or the couple. There are apps, health trackers and websites that help record data a woman learns from her own body.