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Loss and Transition

Programs are open to people of all faiths.

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: eganlaur@rcan.org


Separated and Divorced Support Group Facilitator Training Course

The Family Life Office provides support group facilitator training uniquely designed for those who wish to minister to the needs of the separated and divorced. The processes of grief, loss and transition are emphasized, as are listening and communication skills.

Class runs bi-annually December and June. 

 For registration and fee information contact Lauren Egan 973-497-4327 or email: eganlaur@rcan.org

Annulment Information Evenings

The Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Newark, sponsors a series of Annulment Information Evenings. At each session, a canon lawyer from the Tribunal provides the most recent guidelines, theology and requisites for obtaining a Church annulment. Information is clearly presented in terms that all can understand.

Contact: For more information on the Annulment Process, please 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: eganlaur@rcan.org


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: eganlaur@rcan.org

Yamilka Genao (Spanish) 973-497-4326 or email: genaoyam@rcan.org


Bereavement Support Group Facilitator Training Course

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: Next training sessions are February-April 2017 and September-November 2017

Click Here for the flyer of our next Saturday training. However, Pre-registration is mandatory. 

Click Here for the flyer of our next Thursday training. 

Please contact:

Lauren Egan (English) 973-497-4327 or email: eganlaur@rcan.org

Yamilka Genao (Spanish) 973-497-4326 or email: genaoyam@rcan.org


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: eganlaur@rcan.org

Yamilka Genao (Spanish) 973-497-4326 or email: genaoyam@rcan.org

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
201-261-3366
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
973-338-9190
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 12, 2017 at 7:30pm

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


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 please contact Lauren Egan 973-497-4327 or eganlaur@rcan.org.