Resources and Support for Marriages Seeking Healing, Catholics who are Separated or Divorced, and their Families


Resources for marriages seeking healing:

  • Indianapolis Retrouvaille A retreat for separated or hurting marriages looking to heal. Talks are presented by coupels who faced adversity, overcame, and now share their story. After the weekend retreat, follow-up sessions
    are available to continue the healing process.

    Upcoming dates:

    • Due to Covid-19, please visit website for latest information.
  • For more information, go to the Retrouvaille home page

     

  • 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/

    Fall Session 2020 
    1. 09/24/2020 Re-Defining Power Struggle
    2. 10/01/2020 Control Issues 
    3. 10/08/2020 Listening Beyond the Words 
    4. 10/15/2020 Personality Differences 
    5. 10/22/2020 Childhood Issues & Emotional Baggage 
    6. 10/29/2020 Handling Anger Constructively 
    7. 11/05/2020 Speaking the Truth in Love 
    8. 11/12/2020 How to Fight Fair & Conflict Resolution 
    9. 11/19/2020 Feelings & The Hurt Spiral 
    10. 12/03/2020 Forgiveness & Repair

Resources for Catholics who are separated or divorced:

Annual Reunion and Social

This informal gathering is an opportunity to reunite with past participants and leaders of the "Being and Belonging" Retreat and the "Divorce and Beyond" support groups. Catch up with friends and enjoy the fellowship and support of this community. This informal gathering is sure to be fun. Prepare your singing voice for karaoke, or just enjoy the show and visit. We look forward to seeing you and reconnecting!

Due to uncertainty with Covid-19 and out of an abundance of caution, our volunteers have decided not to plan an official reunion for January 2021.

 

 

Divorce & Beyond Support Group

The "Divorce and Beyond" support group explores the feelings of stress, anger, blame and guilt that come with the experience of divorce. Coming from a Catholic-Christian perspective, the group walks with participants to process their experience, tell their story, seek God in the midst of suffering, and find a home in the Church. Group leaders are peers who have gone through the process of divorce and have made progress on their road to healing. You do not have to be a practicing Catholic or Christian to attend; the group is a Catholic ministry that welcomes all.

Upcoming dates:

Note: Sessions are scheduled periodically, but can be added as needed. If you would benefit from a divorce support group and are able to commit to attending for 6 weeks, please contact our office to request a session.

2020 Fall Session

Held from 7:00 - 9:00 pm on Thursday nights at

Nativity Catholic Church
7225 Southeastern Avenue
Indianapolis IN 46239

  • September 17
  • September 24
  • October 1
  • October 8
  • October 15 - skipping this week due to Fall Break
  • October 22
  • October 29

Cost is $20. To register online, click here.

 

Being and Belonging Annual Retreat

This annual retreat offers a weekend for Separated and Divorced Catholics to step back from the struggles of life to deepen their understanding of the healing process and increase their sense of belonging. Participants will discover that God is present in times of struggle and hope. The retreat is facilitated by peers who have gone through the process of divorce, and assisted by a Priest chaplain.

If you would like to learn more about this program, please contact the Office of Marriage and Family Life at (317) 592-4007. For information about the retreat facilities, please contact Fatima Retreat House at (317) 545-7681.

Upcoming dates:

2020 Retreat Weekend was cancelled due to Covid. Check back for information on our 2021 retreat.

 

 

Parenting program

The Office of Marriage and Family Life has a online parenting video presentation. The sixth video of the series addresses divorce and parenting. To see video CLICK HERE

 


Declaration of Marriage Nullity (Annulments)

Information from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis:

Who to Contact:

The process of seeking a declaration of marriage nullity (commonly called an annulment) is directed by the Office of the Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. If you would like more information about the process, or need an update on the status of a case, please contact the Office of the Tribunal.

Office of the Metropolitan Tribunal
Archdiocese of Indianapolis

Phone: (317) 236-1460

Email: jnewton@archindy.org

Web: https://www.archindy.org/tribunal/index.html

A Collaborative Effort:

While the official process of seeking a declaration of marriage nullity is directed by the Office of the Tribunal, there is pastoral support available through collaborative efforts from the Office of Marriage and Family Life and parishes of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

 

Annulment Information Evening

Are you curious about how the annulment process works, in the midst of a divorce, or getting ready to begin the annulment process?  You are cordially invited to attend the annual Annulment Information Night sponsored by the Metropolitan Tribunal of in collaboration with the Office of Marriage and Family Life of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

This event is held every fall at The Catholic Center (1400 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN) where the privacy of all attendees is respected. There is no cost to attend and registration is not required. Light snacks and beverages are provided.

  • Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are not able to host a live gathering for October 2020 as had been planned. If you would like to learn more about the marraige nullity process, please contact the office of the Tribunal.

Annulment Support Group

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 eveyr other month (about six times per year), 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.

At each meeting, the group sets a date for the next meeting, so please connect with the group leader to find out whne the next one will be.

Contact the office of marriage and family life to get connected with this group.

Update: Thursday, 10/22 @ 7 pm. at the Knights of Columbus located at 1040 N. Post Road, with plenty of room for social distancing. Please wear a mask.

 


For any of the items below, please contact the providers directly, as options may have changed.

Other Support groups and Opportunities

Transitions Divorce Support for Children - Free program aimed at parents and children at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Carmel, Indiana, Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana. A child psychologist and art therapist, who are exceptional in their work with children, will lead all sessions. Home cooked meal will be served at 6:30 and class will begin at 7:00. For information, please contact slatonj@olmc1.org. All contacts are confidential.

 

Men’s Divorce Support

St. Susanna offers a monthly divorce support group for men.  The goal is to help men cope with the trauma of divorce, grow in their Catholic faith, and nurture relationships with their children.  There will be readings and discussion, videos, useful resources, companionship and comradery.  All men are invited and may join the group at any time.  The group will meet in Avon. For more information and meeting location, please call or text Al Chlupacek (317) 750-4290.

 

 

Resources:

  • Catholic Divorce Ministry - CDM.

  • Receive Daily Inspiration and Free Online Workshops- Divorced Catholic

  • National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers - NACFLM


Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10

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