Divorced Catholics Healing Support

The Diocesan Office of Marriage Preparation & Enrichment in partnership with four different parishes’ Family Life Office will offer a one-day divorce healing seminar. This one-day seminar presented by Deacon Walt Otey is an overview of the Journey of Hope program based on the book Divorced. Catholic. Now What? Attendees will view DVD presentation The Voices of Hope, and participate in discussion to lead them through the struggles of divorce.  Lunch will be provided. There is no  charge to attend. Books will be available for sale. Purchase not required to attend seminar.

Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Knoxville on Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 8 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Contact: Deacon Walt Otey for additional information and to register. (865) 388-0690 or wotey@shcknox.org

St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Cleveland on Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Marian Christiana for additional information and to register. (423) 892-2310 or mchristiana@dioknox.org

St. Mary, Johnson City,  on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 8 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Contact: Marian Christiana for additional information and to register. (423) 892-2310 or mchristiana@dioknox.org

St. Thomas the Apostle, Lenoir City on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 8 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Contact: Pam + Tim Geoghegan for additional information and to register. (865) 657-0949 or  neatlib@gmail.com or timmyg620@gmail.com

 

Deacon Walt Otey is available to visit your parish and facilitate a one day divorce healing seminar from
8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The one day seminar is an overview of the Journey of Hope program that utilizes the book Divorced. Catholic. Now What? Attendees will view DVD presentation
The Voices of Hope, and participate in small group discussion to guide
them through the struggles of divorce.

There is no charge to schedule a workshop at your parish. Books will be available for sale. Purchase not required for seminar.

Lunch and childcare arrangements should be made by hosting parish.

 

Contact Deacon Walt Otey at 865-388-0690 or wotey@shcknox.org 
to schedule a workshop or for divorce support information.

 Surviving the Holidays

Divorce makes the usually stressful and overactive holidays even more difficult:  If you’re separated or divorced, these top ten tips can help you unload the dread, anxiety, or loneliness for a time of inner peace, hope, and even a little joy. If you’re related to, or a friend of, someone who’s divorced, these will also help you help them!

You are NOT alone

There’s no such thing as “Catholic divorce” but the bad news is Catholics do civilly divorce. We’re here to help, and to encourage healing through the Sacraments where you’ll personally encounter Christ—with all His love and tender mercies. And that’s the REALLY good news.

“Come to me, all you who labor and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Divorce & Beyond

St. John Neumann Family & Parish Life is partnering with the Diocesan Office of Marriage Preparation & Enrichment to offer Divorce Support. Divorce & Beyond is a support group for Catholic men and women who have experienced or are experiencing divorce. You will find a safe environment to explore the myriad of feelings that divorce brings. We invite each one of you with a need for healing and help to move beyond separation and to participate in this 9-week Catholic-based program beginning Sunday, January 13, 2019.  Meetings will be held at St. John Neumann School Library 4:00–5:30 pm.  Cost for supplies is $15.00. For more information, contact your facilitator, Mary Coffey at  865-966-3237 or email mccoffey86@gmail.com.  To register, contact Marilyn Derbyshire, Family & Parish Life Ministry Coordinator, at 865-966-4540 or mderbyshire@sjnknox.org.