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The Third Option is an on-going skills based group program to build better marriages. 

It is designed for all married couples and can be used both as marriage enrichment or crisis intervention. For hurting couples, who see only two options painful endurance or divorce, The Third Option means reconciliation. Couples may attend a single session or all sessions, even if the series has already started. The group meets in person in Carmel, IN or couples can join virtually on Zoom. This ministry is open to couples in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana. For more information, visit http://carmelthirdoption.org/web/


Spring Session 2021 
  1. 02/04/2021 Building Climate of Respect
  2. 02/11/2021 Responsibility & Blame Game
  3. 02/18/2021 Understanding Expectations
  4. 03/04/2021 Re-Defining Power Struggle
  5. 03/11/2021 Control Issues
  6. 03/18/2021 Listening Beyond the Words
  7. 03/25/2021 Personality Differences
  8. 04/08/2021 Childhood Issues & Emotional Baggage
  9. 04/15/2021 Handling Anger Constructively
  10. 04/22/2021 Speaking the Truth in Love
  11. 04/29/2021 How to Fight Fair & Conflict Resolution
  12. 05/06/2021 Feelings & The Hurt Spiral
  13. 05/13/2021 Forgiveness & Repair
  14. 05/20/2021 Rebuilding Trust



Grieving Gracefully in a COVID World Webinar
December 9, 2020 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (Eastern)

For many of us who have experienced loss, the holidays can be the toughest time of the year. The unopened presents on Christmas, the empty chair at the Christmas table, or the loss of a beloved tradition due to isolation or a loved one’s death, can bring grief the to the surface in unexpected ways.

Join Sr. Connie Kramer, SP on December 9th at 2pm (eastern) as she discusses how to Grieve Gracefully in a COVID World. Sr. Connie will be looking at identifying COVID related losses, coping skills for the holidays and embracing a future full of hope.

Sr. Connie Kramer currently lives with two other Sisters of Providence in Indianapolis, IN, and ministers as a Retreat Director, a Spiritual Director, and a Grief Specialist. She alsoserves as the Coordinator of the Fatima Retreat House Step-Up Retreat Program which offers three retreats to men and three retreats to women each year who live in shelter housing and are in early recovery from addiction.



December 10 "Annulment Support Group" - Postponed due to Covid

The Annulment Support Group is composed of people going through the process, those who have completed the process and offer encouragement, and volunteer "Field Associates" who have been trained by the Tribunal to offer accompaniment to those going through the marriage nullity process. Meetings are every other month, typically at Holy Spirit parish on the East-side of Indianapolis, but locations may vary. This is an ongoing group open to everyone in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis who is seeking an annulment.

The next meeting will be held at the Knights of Columbus hall located at 1040 N. Post Road on December 10, 2020 at 7pm. Contact the Marriage and Family Life office to get connected with this group.


Grief Support group on Indy’s South-side and Online

The Daniel F. O'Riley Funeral Home (6107 S East St, Indianapolis, IN 46227) is offering a new support group for anyone who is grieving, even if they have not used their services. Meetings are the second Monday of each month from 6-7PM on site or you can contact Macy for a Zoom link at (317) 787-8224.

Upcoming sessions:

  • Monday, November 9th
  • Monday, December 14th
  • Monday, January 11th
  • Monday, February 8th

Life-Giving Wounds Holiday Support Group November 19 & December 17, 2020

The Life-Giving Wounds peer support group is a unique opportunity for young adults (18+) and adults with divorced or separated parents to reflect intentionally on the experience of their family’s breakdown, with others who are adult children of divorce or separation themselves.

While the holidays are supposed to be one of the happiest times of the year with its focus on God and family, they often produce a lot of anxiety and stress for young adults and adults who have experienced the divorce or separation of their parents. This group is focused on unlocking the joy and peace that Christ intended us to have during the holiday season.

The Life-Giving Wounds holiday support group will take place online over two evenings, November 19 (before Thanksgiving) and December 17 (before Christmas), 8:30 - 10:00 p.m. EST each night. The cost is $15 regular and $10 college students. For more information, go to https://www.lifegivingwounds.org/holidaysupportgroup




Divorce Support Group Jan. 20 – Feb. 24, 2021

“Divorce and Beyond” support group for Catholics who are going through divorce or are already divorced is being offered by the Marriage and Family Life office of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Groups will meet at the Benedict Inn Retreat and Conference Center (1402 Southern Ave. Beech Grove IN 46107) on Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm for six sessions, from January 20 to February 24, 2021. Cost is $20 and scholarships are available. To register or for more information, go to www.archindy.org/divorce or call (317) 592-4007.


Marriage Preparation Online | Joy-Filled Marriage Certification Course








This is the self-paced, online version of our Pre-Cana Retreat, using the same materials and covering the same topics for a comprehensive marriage preparation retreat.

This is the option provided for engaged couples any time our live retreats are suspended, or if a couple is not able to attend a live retreat due to scheduling conflicts or health concerns.

Couples must complete the combined "God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage" and "Life Skills for Couples" course in order to fulfill the marriage preparation requirement. The course is available in English or Spanish. Cost is $50 and includes:

  • Powerful, award-winning videos based on the Theology of the Body
  • Onlin digital Couple's Guide that includes summaries, activties and discussion questions
  • Assessment quizzes for each session to check for understanding
  • Course completion certificate, certifying all sessions have been watched and course materials complete (this certificate is forwarded to the person preparing the couple for marriage).

Go to the Ascension Press website to register for this course.

Register for the course in Spanish/Inscripción para el curso en español.


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