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'Surviving Divorce' Facilitator Training Day

There's no such thing as "Catholic divorce" but the bad news is Catholics do civilly divorce. “Surviving Divorce” is a program here to help, and to encourage healing through the Sacraments where the participants personally encounter Christ
with all His love and tender mercies.Thousands of years ago the blind, deaf and dumb ran to Jesus for healing and He still invites them to come to Him today. Those who are in need of healing from civil divorce or separation want to learn how to rebuild their lives. There is hope through experiencing the love & mercy of Jesus Christ through His church and people. Please consider bringing the 12 week program Surviving Divorce to your parish. This program can be facilitated by any clergy, religious, permanent deacon, pastoral staff member or layperson designated by the parish. This one-day training is for any clergy, religious, permanent deacon, pastoral staff member or layperson chosen by his or her parish to facilitate the program. This session will offer in-depth instruction on all aspects of advertising, facilitating and administering the program. The processes of grief, loss and transition are emphasized, as are listening and communication skills. Facilitator must meet Archdiocese safety requirements. Class runs bi-annually December and June. 

Next class: Saturday, June 10, 2017   Click Here for registration forms.  

For registration and fee information contact Lauren Egan 973-497-4327 or email:

Bereavement Support Group Facilitator Training

Support groups provide the opportunity for healing in a confidential, educational and spiritual environment. Family Life offers a eight-session program each fall and spring for those who wish to become facilitators for existing parish bereavement support groups or for those who wish to begin one. This program can also serve to enhance the general bereavement ministry services in your parish. Participants will explore the many faces of grief and will receive practical information about forming a parish-based ministry.

Date: September-November 2017 and February-April 2018

Pre-registration is mandatory.

Call Lauren Egan 973-497-4327 or email at for registration information. 

Support Groups for the Separated/Divorced

Support groups for those who are separated and divorced are based at various parishes within the four counties of the Archdiocese. This is a current list of parishes who are starting their groups this Spring. 

Notre Dame RC Church, North Caldwell, NJ                 973-226-0979           Wed, 3/8/17

Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament, Roseland, NJ             973-226-7288           Tues, 3/21/17

Church of the Little Flower Berkeley Heights, NJ         908-464-1585           Wed, 3/15/17

St. Peter the Apostle River Edge, NJ                                201-261-3366           Mon, 2/13/17

Church of Presentation, Upper Saddle River, NJ          201-327-1313           Mon, 2/6/17

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Ridgewood, NJ                        201-447-2043           Tues, 2/28/17

St. Matthew, Ridgefield, NJ                                             201-945-3500            Tues, 2/7/17

To add your parish to our list of parishes please contact Lauren Egan 973-497-4327 or email:

Support Group for Bereaved Fathers

Meets Quarterly at:
Notre Dame R.C. Church
Parish Center
359 Central Ave.
North Caldwell, NJ 07006

Next Meeting: Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Time: 10:00am  to 12:00pm

Click Here for the flyer. 

For more information please call:

Lauren Egan 973-497-4327 or email at

Catholic Single Parent Support Groups

According to US Census data, 30% of children living in New Jersey currently live in a single parent household. Single Parenting is difficult, non-stop and often goes unappreciated. For many single parents, they are a provider, nurturer and disciplinarian. It can be overwhelming trying to carry out each of these roles. The Family Life Office has created and is offering a support group specific to the needs of single parents. Below is a list of parishes in the Archdiocese of Newark who offer this support group for single parents. If interested in attending, please call the phone number listed to register! All groups starting this April. 

Notre Dame RC Church                                   North Caldwell, NJ      973-226-0979

St. Mary of the Assumption (Spanish)           Elizabeth, NJ               908-352-5154

St. John the Baptist                                          Jersey City, NJ             201-653-8814

St. Matthew                                                      Ridgefield, NJ              201-945-3500

Click Here for English Flyer. 

Click Here for Spanish Flyer. 

Contact Lauren Egan 973-497-4327or email to find out how to add your parish to the list or for more information!

Support Groups for Parents Grieving the Death of a Child

Groups meet:   

On the first Wednesday of each month at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Center, 60 Byrd Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ 7:30pm to 9:30pm (7pm in July and August)

On the third Monday of each month at St. Peter the Apostle, Rectory Basement, 445 Fifth Avenue, River Edge, NJ 7:30pm to 9:30pm

There is no pre-registration and no fee. For more information:

Call 973-497-4327 or email

Click Here for the flyer. 

Annulment Information

For information or to obtain a Pastoral Advocate: Call the Tribunal at 973-497-4145. 

Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline


24 Hour Hotlines

Bergen County:
*TTY: 201-836-3071
Batterers Services: 201-336-7575

Union County:
*TTY: 908-355-1023
Batterers Services: 908-355-1995

Hudson County:
*TTY: 201-333-0547

Essex County:
Batterers Services: 973-399-3400

*hearing impaired

Office of Family Life Ministries

Phone: 973-497-4323
Fax: 973-497-4317