Ministry to the Separated and Divorced

St. Helen Ministry

If you are separated or divorced, the Church cares about you.  The loss of a relationship through separation or divorce poses one of the most difficult transitions a person can face.  As people journey through a divorce, they face the stress of emotions, life changes, and developing a way to live a new life.  As a Church, we are called to imitate Jesus Christ, who always sought to heal the brokenhearted.

“I earnestly call upon pastors and the whole community of the faithful to help the divorced and with solicitous care, to make sure that they do not consider themselves as separated from the Church… Let the Church pray for them, encourage them and show herself a merciful mother and thus sustain them in faith and hope.”

-Pope John Paul II, On the Family, #84

“Nothing – not even divorce or death – can place limits on God’s love.”

-USCCB, Follow the Way of Love, pg. 5


Facilitator Training  

A facilitator training for parish volunteers and staff members interested in learning how to begin a parish ministry for divorced and separated Catholics is available.


Parish-based Support Groups for Separated and Divorced

If you are interested in attending a parish-based support group near you, click on the link below to get a listing.  A total of seven parish-based support groups are currently active throughout the archdiocese.

Parishes: If you are currently running a support group and would like to list it, please send us your information.

Download list of Parish-based Support Groups


Annulments 

Annulment Info Night- an annual event on the Declaration of Nullity.   Next event:  December 2018 (opens for Registration August 2018)

"Annulment: The Process and its Meaning" by Rev. Patrick Lagges

Read the Church's teaching on the Sacrament of Marriage, The Catechism of the Catholic Church - Article 7: The Sacrament of Marriage

Information regarding the annulment process can be found on the Tribunal webpage, https://www.archgh.org/offices-ministries/metropolitan-tribunal/english/information-about-annulments 


Marriage Support

For marriages in crisis: RETROUVAILLE

A ministry for couples in troubled marriages.  The word Retrouvaille™ (pronounced re-tro-vi with a long i.) is a French word meaning rediscovery. The Retrouvaille Program consists of a weekend experience combined with a series of 6-12 post-weekend sessions over 3 months. It provides the tools to help put your marriage in order again. It will give you the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine your lives together in a new and positive way. Offered in English only in the Houston area. Presented at the Hyatt North Houston.

For more information and to register call (713)529-6242, send an email, or visit the Retrouvaille website for additional info.

  • Jun 29, 2018
  • Oct 19, 2018

Catholic Support Programs 

CATHOLIC'S DIVORCE SURVIVAL GUIDE

http://www.catholicsdivorce.com

 

 

THE JOURNEY OF HOPE 

www.divorcedcatholic.com

 

 REBUILDING

http://www.divorceseminarcenter.com 

 

 


Resources & Articles

 

USCCB on Divorce: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/marriage/divorce/index.cfm

Difficulties Married Couples Face: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/marriage/difficulties-married-couples-face.cfm

On the following website you will find some informative articles about topics of interest such as –is online dating helpful?, tips for remarrying with children and more. The website is updated frequently so please check back often. http://www.foryourmarriage.org/dating-engaged/second-marriages/

Catholic Divorce Ministry
Ministry of the North American Conference of Separated and Divorced Catholics, Inc., working since 1974 to create a network of support for families experiencing separation and divorce.  CDM speaks to the Church with the united, collective voice of separated and divorced Catholics. 
http://www.nacsdc.org