Welcome to our special page for separated and divorced. We realize that if you are here, you are most probably either struggling with separation/divorce yourself or you are concerned about someone close to you and we are glad that you are reaching out. First, separation or divorce does not change a person’s status in the Church.  Separated or divorced persons are welcome to receive the sacraments.  The Eucharist can be a great comfort at this difficult time. Second, if you are hurting right now, please know that you are not alone. There are many others willing to walk this painful journey with you. We have a very active ministry to the separated/divorced and most cordially invite you to join us (or invite your loved ones to join us) for any or all of our groups and events and/or make use of our newsletter and other resources. We are here for you!

Prayer

praying woman

Father we belong to You.
We place ourselves anew in your hands.
We acknowledge you as Master and Lord of our lives.
Grant us the gift of a forgiving heart.
Cleanse us of our anger, hostility, or revenge.
Heal our hurts.
Teach us to rely on your love.
Grant us wisdom of heart.
Strengthen us by your grace to move on in faith,
In trust, and in love.
Thank you, Lord, for your love in our lives.
Amen

 

Events

 

Watch here for coming events!

 

 

For the Fall 2013 Newsletter click here

For the Winter 2013 Newsletter click here

 

Step-Parent Issues call (315)472-6754 X 5

 

For Q&A's about The Church and Divorce click here

 

Beginning Experience.....

a weekend experience for divorced and widowed. Call Dean for more information (315)472-6754 X5 or check out their website at http://www.beginningexperience.org/

Separated But...

you and your spouse would like to work it out? Try The Third Option. Click here for more information or call (315)472-6754 X6

 

5 keysCheck out Lisa Duffy's "The Five Keys to Healing" article by clicking here

 

booksClick here for a book list to help with the healing/recovery process!

 

Prayer for Healing

 

 

Support Groups

Syracuse Area

Branch Out and Grow

Diocesan Program: Wednesdays

Branch out and Grow

The mission of Branch Out and Grow is to provide a safe, welcoming, faith-based environment for separated and divorced adults to heal. The group experience includes instructional videos from re-known experts in the field as well as peer-based sharing. Branch Out and Grow is facilitated by a trained facilitator and is sponsored by the Syracuse Diocese.

Meeting Dates   

Dec 18           Support group & video: “ Facing My Lonliness”
January 15     Support group & video:  “What Does the Owner’s Manual Say?”
February 5     Support group & video:  “New Relationships”
February 19   Support group & video:   “Financial Survival”
March 5         Support group & video:   “Kid Care” 
March 19       Support group & video:   “Single Sexuality”
April 2           Support group & video:  “Forgiveness”
April 16         Support group & video:  “Reconciliation”
May 7            Support group & video:  “Moving On, Growing Closer to God”
May 21          Support group & video: “What’s Happening to Me?”

  ALL ARE WELCOME!

* IMPORTANT CHANGE: Meetings are from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at Bishop Ludden HS, 815 Fay Road, Syracuse.

Call Patty at 315-720-7008 for information

 

St. Joseph The Worker Church

1st Mondays - 6:30 - 8p.m.

1001 Tulip St. Liverpool, NY - corner of 6th Street

call (315)457-6060 for more information

 

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church - "Healing Hearts"

1st & 3rd Fridays - 7p.m.

3494 NYS Rte 31, Baldwinsville, NY

call (315)652-4300 for more information

 

Moving On

This group is for "those who have worked through the trauma of separation, divorce and widowhood and are ready to begin a new life".

2nd Mondays - 7:30 p.m.

*New Location - Pastime Athletic Club, 1314 N. Salina St, Syracuse

call Diane (315)426-2880 for more information

 

St. Mary's Parish Center - "Safe Harbor"

Thursdays - 7 - 8:30 p.m.

401 North Main Street, Room #8, Minoa, NY

call (315)727-7524 for more information

 

If you prefer to talk one on one:

call Immaculate Heart of Mary, Liverpool @ (315)457-8060 or

St. Mary's/St. Bernadette's, Cleveland - Rectory @ (315)675-3542 or Grace @ (315)623-7229

Utica/Rome Area

Good News Center

10475 Cosby Manor Road, Utica

What's Happening to Me?, Facing My Loneliness, What Does the Owner's Manual Say? New Relationships, Financial Survival, KidCare, Single Sexuality, Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Moving On, Growing Closer to God

Gathering includes refreshments. Guests are always welcome to bring something to share!

Meetings are based on the program, DivorceCare, which features practical information, group discussion and video presentations by experts in the fields of separation and divorce

 *Discover that there are others who have the same kind of feelings you do—and who understand the hurt and pain you are going through. The group meets in a warm, caring environment designed to help you.
*You’ll discover there are people who understand your hurts, emotions and painful experiences! In divorce, it’s common to feel isolated. You’ll find that you are not alone, that there are others who understand what you are going through.

* You’ll learn helpful, practical information that will help you recover from your separation or divorce. 
* You’ll have the chance to talk about your experiences. It can be very healing to tell others what you are going through. The support group sessions include a time to talk about what is going on in your life. And while you have the opportunity to tell your story, there’s never pressure for you to do so if you don’t feel like it.
* You’ll discover hope for the future. While things may look bleak now, you’ll  learn ways to restore your hope and rebuild your life. 

Transform the chaos of separation and divorce into calmness by sharing with others in a support group.

Facilitator Christine H. will lead group meetings where a comfortable and supportive environment welcomes all who are rebuilding following separation or divorce.

This group meets twice monthly on the first and third Sunday of the month from 5pm - 6:30pm at The Good News Center, 10475 Cosby Manor Road, Utica.  

Call 315-735-6210, email separated.divorced@thegoodnewscenter.org or check out their website www.goodnewsfoundation.org for more information; walk-ins welcome.   

 

Binghamtom Area

Support Group for Separated/Divorced

Higher Ground

looking over the falls

This group is designed to create a caring,compassionate and supportive environment for men and women who have experienced divorce or separation and seek healing. Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday's of the month at Holy Family Parish Education Building, 3600 Phyllis St, Endwell, NY from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact: Patrick Carey (607) 972-7121 or Lauren Maisano (607)239-4358