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Bereavement Ministry Support Training Course

The Office of Family Life Ministries offers a Bereavement Ministry Support Training Course that is an eight-session program designed for those who wish to become facilitators for existing parish bereavement support groups or those who wish to begin a bereavement support ministry at their parish. The course is not limited to those who wish to facilitate a support group, however it can also benefit those who minister to the bereaved. The program serves to increase enthusiasm and education for this ministry. Participants will gain an overview of Loss, Grief & Mourning, and the process of healing and current theories. Basic counseling skills will be taught related to listening and asking questions that facilitate healing. Practical information will be given specific to ministering to the bereaved and starting a parish based support group. Grief in special circumstances and assessing the need for referral will also be discussed. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will become Bereavement Support Group Facilitators for the Archdiocese of Newark. Continuing education credits are also available.

Click Here for Saturday morning class flyer. 

Click Here for Thursday morning class flyer.

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        September 26, 2017

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

Church of the Little Flower Berkeley Heights, NJ         908-464-1585         September 20, 2017

St. Peter the Apostle River Edge, NJ                                201-261-3366        September 25, 2017    

Church of Presentation, Upper Saddle River, NJ          201-327-1313         September 18, 2017

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Ridgewood, NJ                        201-447-2043          October 2017       

St. Matthew, Ridgefield, NJ                                              201-945-3500          September 26, 2017

Our Lady of Victories, Harrington Park, NJ                    201-768-1706          TBA

St. Paul's, Ramsey, NJ                                                       201-327-0976           September 25, 2017

St. Helen's, Westfield, NJ                                                  908-232-1214          September 20, 2017

St. Rose of Lima, Short Hills, NJ                                      973-379-3912            January 2018

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Oakland, NJ                     201-337-7596            September 27, 2017

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, September 16th, 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 September.

Notre Dame RC Church       North Caldwell, NJ      973-497-4327  (Click Here for Flyer)

Our Lady of Grace Church   Fairview, NJ                201-370-1758   (Click Here for 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