The Catholic Church recognizes the pain and trauma of a lost marriage. Divorce affects more than just the couples ending their marriage. Children in the family are affected. In-laws on both sides are experiencing the loss, too, as are neighbors and friends. Expect to mourn the end of the marriage.
There are often misunderstandings about the Church's teaching on divorce. Here are few facts:
- Divorced Catholics are full members of the Catholic Church and can participate fully in the life of the Church.
- Divorced Catholics may receive Eucharist and Reconciliation.
- Children will not be illegitimate if a divorced Catholic is granted an annulment.
- Before a divorced Catholic can remarry in the Church, an annulment must be granted on the previous marriage.
What is an Annulment?
Through the annulment process, the Church seeks to offer the reconciling presence of the Lord to those who feel alienated because of a broken marriage that has ended in civil divorce.
Reach out and Remember
If someone you know is suffering through the pain of divorce, you can help by:
- Listening well and with understanding.
- Showing the care you still have for them
- Suspending judgments.
- Supporting and comforting children as they adjust to the changes.
- Welcoming all members of the family at public and social gatherings
- Being mindful that there are no “ex” parents, only “ex” spouses.
- Praying for the entire family
Catholic's Divorce Survival Group at Parishes in Kittery and in Falmouth
"Divorced? Come to a 12-week “Catholic’s Divorce Survival Group”. Find comfort and counsel consistent with Catholic teachings. The program features DVD presentations that cover topics of shock, denial, anger, grief, guilt, forgiveness, money, the courts, the kids, the ex-spouse, annulment, dating, sexuality, spirituality, remarriage or staying single, and much more. Whether you got divorced ten days ago or ten years ago, the program offers valuable insight for everyone. You will cry, laugh, and be encouraged. This program is based on the teachings of the Catholic Church and is open to anyone who needs comfort, counsel and clarity after a divorce. Please join us.
For information on the “Catholics Divorce Survival” program, visit www.CatholicsDivorce.com
Begins Monday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Dining Room of the Parish Center at St. Raphael's Church, Kittery. Cost of $15 per person includes a "Personal Survival Guide", refreshments and all materials for twelve weeks. To register, call Frank at 207-363-8208 or email [email protected]
Begins Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 6:30 PM at Holy Martyrs Church, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth. To register, contact the Parish Office @847-6890 or email: [email protected]