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:

    • March 13-15, 2020 near Indianapolis.
    • August 7-9, 2020 near Indianapolis.

    For more information, go to the Retrouvaille home page

     

  • The Third Option A weekly support group that teaches skills for marriage. Meets for 14 weeks in the fall and spring. Couples can jump in at any time during the season. Group meets in Carmel, IN. Session topics repeat each season.

    Upcoming dates:

    • Feb. 13, 2020 - Building a Climate of Respect
    • Feb. 20, 2020 - Responsibility & The Blame Game
    • Feb. 27, 2020 - Understanding Expectations
    • Mar. 05, 2020 - Re-Defining Power Struggle
    • Mar. 12, 2020 - Control Issues
    • Mar. 19, 2020 - Listening Beyond the Words
    • Mar. 26, 2020 - Personality Differences
    • Apr. 02, 2020 - Childhood Issues and Emotional Baggage
    • Apr. 16, 2020 - Handling Anger Constructively
    • Apr. 23, 2020 - Speaking the Truth in Love
    • Apr. 30, 2020 - How to Fight Fair and Conflict Resolution
    • May 07, 2020 - Feelings and the Hurt Spiral
    • May 14, 2020 - Forgiveness and Repair
    • May 21, 2020 - Rebuilding Trust

    For more information, go to http://carmelthirdoption.org/web/


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!

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 2-5pm

St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church Basement
535 East Edgewood Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46227

Park on north side of church and use north side doors. Enter narthex and elevator is to the left. You are welcome to bring a friend along, and a snack to share, if you'd like!

RSVP to Deb at dvanvelse100@gmail.com or Helen at black.helen7@gmail.com

"After Divorce" - A Day of Reflection

Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 9am - 3pm

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
10655 Haverstick Road, Carmel IN 46032

This day of reflection begins with Mass at 9am, followed by a light breakfast. Talks will be provided by Deacon Bob Angelich (see info. below). There will be time for fellowship, prayer and reflection. Registration includes lunch. Day ends at approximately 3pm. Cost to attend is $10 per person. To sign up, contact: ccastillo@dol-in.org or call 765-269-4662. Deadline to register is April 3, 2020.

*This event is sponsored by the Office of Family Life & Hispanic Ministry of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana with support from the Office of Marriage and Family Life of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

Divorce & Beyond Support Group

A Catholic based peer-ministry support group designed to help guide men and women as they process their separation and divorce. The support group explores the stress, anger, blame and guilt of divorce with the goal of leading participants toward ultimate forgiveness, happiness and growth, from a faith perspective. Group sessions run approximately 6 weeks, and are held 3 to 4 times throughout the year. If you would like to learn more about this program, please contact the Office of Marriage and Family Life.

Upcoming dates:

2020 Spring Session - Facilitator - Amy Frederick

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

The Catholic Center - Franciscan Conference Room - 1400 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis 46202

  • April 23, 2020
  • April 30, 2020
  • May 7, 2020
  • May 14, 2020
  • May 21, 2020
  • May 28, 2020

2020 Fall Session - Facilitator - Judy Armentrout

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

The Catholic Center - Franciscan Conference Room - 1400 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis 46202

  • August 10, 2020
  • August 17, 2020
  • August 24, 2020
  • August 31, 2020
  • September 14, 2020
  • September 21, 2020

2020 Holiday Session - Facilitator - Judy Armentrout

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

The Catholic Center - Franciscan Conference Room - 1400 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis 46202

  • November 9, 2020
  • November 16, 2020
  • November 23, 2020
  • November 30, 2020
  • December 7, 2020
  • December 14, 2020

To register online click here.

Cost is $30 for the 6 week session. Some scholarships are available. For more information, contact Gabriela Ross in the Office of Marriage and Family Life at gross@archindy.org or (317) 592-4007.

 

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: October 23-25

Held from Friday, October 23 to Sunday, October 25 at

Fatima Retreat House, 5353 E. 56th Street in Indianapolis, Indiana

Registration coming this summer...

 

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.

  • Our 2019 date was Monday, October 21, 6:30 - 8:30pm.
  • Our 2020 is on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at The Catholic Center (1400 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis IN 46202.)

For more information about this event, contact Gabriela Ross in the Office of Marriage and Family Life at (317) 592-4007 or gross@archindy.org or Tara Sheringer at (317) 236-1511 or tsheringer@archindy.org.

 

We are in the process of updtaing our resource listing. 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. The groups will meet Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 beginning April 9 through May 14 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School. 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.

Pathways to Healing, a Catholic Divorce Support Program, sponsored by the Lafayette Diocese will be offered on Wednesdays beginning February 27 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. For more information call Deacon Paul Lunsford at (317) 514-5421 or Jayne Slaton (317) 663-4005 email slatonj@olmc1.org.

Divorce Care is a Christian based divorce support program. It is offered consistently throughout the United States. Most likely there is a group near you. Website

 

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.

 

parenting program

The Archdiocese has a online parenting video presentation. The sixth video of the series addresses divorce and parenting. To see video CLICK HERE

 

BIMONTHLY ANNULMENT SUPPORT GROUP

Fr. Paul Koetter, pastor at Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, and two Field Associates of the Tribunal meet six times per year at various locations. This is an ongoing group open to everyone in the Indianapolis Archdiocese seeking an annulment. If you need help getting started or have questions after filing, this group offers ongoing support and the opportunity to have your questions answered. For meeting dates or more information, please e-mail Fr. Paul.

 

Resources:

  • Catholic Divorce Ministry - CDM.

  • Receive Daily Inspiration and Free Online Workshops- Divorced Catholic

  • National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers - NACFLM

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