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Loss and Transition

Programs are open to people of all faiths.

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 the English flyer. 

Click Here for the Spanish flyer. 

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

Separated and Divorced Support Groups

Support groups for those who are separated and divorced are based at various parishes within the four counties of the Archdiocese.

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                                                                        201-945-3500           Tues, 2/7/17

For listings please contact Lauren Egan 973-497-4327 or email:

Separated and Divorced Support Group Facilitator Training Course


Annulment Information

For a Pastoral Adovcate or more information: Contact the Metropolitan Tribunal Office at 973-497-4145.

RETROUVAILLE Ministry for Troubled Marriages

RETROUVAILLE is an international peer ministry program that attempts to provide practical assistance and hope to couples in struggling marriages. The program is three-fold and begins with a weekend experience. There are six followup sessions thereafter, and couples are then offered a monthly support group (CORE - Continuing Our Retrouvaille Experience). We believe RETROUVAILLE can offer a definite alternative to separation or divorce for couples wishing to heal their marriages.

Contact: Lauren Egan 973-497-4327 or email:

Bereavement Support Groups

Bereavement support groups meet within the four counties of the Archdiocese on the parish level.

For listings please contact: 

Lauren Egan (English) 973-497-4327 or email:

Yamilka Genao (Spanish) 973-497-4326 or email:

Bereavement Support Group Facilitator Training Course

Support groups provide the opportunity for healing in a confidential, educational and spiritual environment. Family Life offers a 16 hour eight session program each Fall and Spring for those who wish to become facilitators for existing parish bereavement support groups or for those who want to start one. This program can also serve to enhance the general bereavement ministry services in your parish. Participants will explore the many faces of loss & grief and will receive practical information about forming a parish-based ministry. Pre-registration is mandatory and class fee including material is $175.

Date: Next training session is September - November 2017. Future dates TBA. 

Please contact:

Lauren Egan (English) 973-497-4327 or email:

Yamilka Genao (Spanish) 973-497-4326 or email:

Support Groups for Parents Grieving the Death of a Child

The needs of those who have suffered the loss of a child are special. One of those needs is to share the pain with others who have experienced this very difficult kind of grief. Our support groups are led by trained facilitators - parents who have personally experienced the death of a child. There is hope. There is help. It is possible to survive even this loss. Please contact:

Lauren Egan (English) 973-497-4327 or email:

Yamilka Genao (Spanish) 973-497-4326 or email:

Click Here for the flyer for the Parent's Support group. 

Click Here for the flyer for the Father's Support Group. 


Meets on the 3rd Monday of each month:

St. Peter the Apostle R.C. Church 
Rectory Basement
445 Fifth Avenue
River Edge, NJ 07661
7:30pm to 9:30pm
No pre-registration required and no fee. 

Meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month: 

St. Thomas the Apostle R.C. Church 
Parish Center, St. Thomas Room
60 Byrd Avenue
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
7:30pm to 9:30pm (July & August begin at 7pm)
No pre-registration required and no fee. 


Meets Quarterly:

Support Group for Fathers Whose Children Have Died
Notre Dame RC Church
(Parish Center)
359 Central Avenue
North Caldwell NJ
973-226-0979 or 973-497-4327
10:00am to 12:00pm



Annual Liturgy for Parents Whose Children Have Died

There is no loss like that of one's child. Parents whose children have died will experience grief that is harder, longer and more complicated than other bereaved people. In an effort to offer another step in the ongoing process of healing, the Family Life Office plans a Eucharistic Liturgy each spring for those whose children have died. A personal witness is offered as the name of each child is read during the liturgy.

This Mass is offered annually on the Friday evening before Mother's Day. 

Notre Dame R.C. Church
North Caldwell, NJ 07006
Friday, May 11th, 2018 at 7:30pm

Pre-registration is requested. For registration information, please contact Lauren Egan 973-497-4327 or email:

Annual Retreat for Parents Whose Children Have Died

A Day of Comfort and Hope

Join us for a day of prayer, presentations, discussions, fellowship and mass!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Time: 8:45am to 5:00pm

Notre Dame RC Church
359 Central Avenue
North Caldwell, NJ 07006

Presenters: Gerry Costa, PhD and Kaitlyn Mulcahy LPC

Cost: $25.00 includes breakfast and lunch

To register: Click Here and mail registration form to us. 

ontact Lauren Egan 973-497-4327 or