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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     

Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament, Roseland, NJ             973-226-7288

Church of the Little Flower Berkeley Heights, NJ         908-464-1585    

St. Peter the Apostle River Edge, NJ                                201-261-3366          

Church of Presentation, Upper Saddle River, NJ          201-327-1313           

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Ridgewood, NJ                        201-447-2043           

St. Matthew, Ridgefield, NJ                                             201-945-3500          

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

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. 

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