Ministry to the Divorced
"Divorce & Beyond" Support Groups
Catholic Charities Maine Parish Social Ministry recognizes the pain and trauma of a lost marriage and extends ministry to the divorced through its "Divorce & Beyond" support groups.
If you are divorced or in the process of divorcing, our "Divorce & Beyond" support groups provide a safe, comfortable and confidential atmosphere for sharing your feelings with others who are also experiencing the pain of divorce.
The groups meet for 8 weeks and are closed after the second week. They are facilitated by trained volunteers, many of whom have experienced divorce themselves. Topics include Anger, Stress, Guilt, Blame, Self-Image, Hope and Recovery, and how one's faith can be tested in the process. “Divorce & Beyond” groups are usually offered in the spring and fall at various parish locations. All groups run for 8 weeks.
Pre-Registration is required. To ensure confidentiality and an emotionally-safe environment, no walk-ins, please. Fee for the program is $25.00 . Groups run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
March 2012 Groups with start dates are:
• St. Mary, Bangor - March 6
• St. Mary of the Visitation, Houlton - March 14
• Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Windham - March 14
For information about upcoming groups, locations, and to register, please call Sandra Thompson at Catholic Charities Parish Social Ministry, at 1-800-781-8550 ext. 2670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catholic Divorce Facts
- Divorced Catholics are full members of the Catholic Church and can participate fully in the life of the Church.
- Divorced Catholics may receive Eucharist and Reconciliation.
- Children will not be illegitimate if a divorced Catholic is granted an annulment.
- Before a divorced Catholic can remarry in the Church, an annulment must be granted on the previous marriage.
Divorce & the Rest of the Family
Divorce affects more than just the couples ending their marriage. Children in the family are affected. In-laws on both sides are experiencing the loss, too, as are neighbors and friends.
- Listen well and with understanding.
- Show the care you still have for them.
- Expect to mourn the end of the marriage.
- Suspend judgments.
- Support and comfort the children as they adjust to the changes.
- Welcome all members of the family at public and social gatherings.
- Be mindful that there are no “ex” parents, only “ex” spouses.
- Pray for the entire family.