Annulment Advocates

Parishioners trained by the Diocesan Tribunal are available to assist those wishing to pursue the annulment process. Each request is as unique as the persons who entered the marriage. The deeper understanding that can come from an honest and searching study of one’s broken marriage can heal wounds and hurts profoundly. An annulment may bring about spiritual closure to the past, permit the convalidation of a present marriage, or provide part of the solid foundation for a lasting and successful marriage in the future, For information, accurate facts, and appointments call the special private line through the parish office. Our parish is fortunate to have parishioners and staff persons available to help. An annulment, once granted, opens to door to have a marriage blessed in the Catholic Church and made a sacrament.

Contact Parish Office
732-269-2208 ext 100

Bereavement Support Group

This support group, facilitated by our deacons and lay people, provides a safe environment for the bereaved. We use a six week program authored by Renew International. We suggest at least a 6 month interval between the loss and joining of this support group. The 6 week program focuses on personal recovery and growth after a loss. We urge you atend all 6 sessions for maximum benefit. Small, intimate groups provide a safe space to share the pain of the loss of a loved one. We offer this opportunity twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. Day time and night time sessons are available and run concurrently. Other parishes offer support groups to the newly bereaved. S.O.S.- We also have a Surviors of Suicide Support Group (S.O.S.) that meets montly at the parish.

Contact Terry
732-269-2208 ext 120

Comfort Ministry

Members of the Comfort Ministry contact and meet with the family of a deceased parishioner to help them plan the Funeral Mass. They help select readings and hymns and encourage the family to participate in the Mass (by reading the Scripture and/or bringing the offertory gifts to the altar). When needed, the members will assist at the Mass and aid the family in any way they can. The Ministry meets whenever there is a need to do so. If you would like to join this ministry please call the parish office.

Contact Terry
732-269-2208 ext 120

Nursing Home/Hospital Visitors

Most of our visitors to nursing homes are Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, this is not necessary to be a part of this ministry who visit people in our local nursing homes and bring some comfort, love and attention. Our Hospital Visitors visit Community Medical Center in Toms River and are all Eucharistic Ministers who are trained by the Hospital Chaplain and must adhere to hospital policies. Most of our Hospital and Nursing Home visitors share their time each week.

Contact Parish Office
732-269-2208 ext 120

Rainbows

The largest world-wide organization dedicated to helping youth cope with loss due to separation, divorce, death, abandonment, incarceration or military service. Age appropriate groups (K-8 and 9-12) are led by trained facilitators in small, confidential groups. Rainbows is offered in conjunction with Prism, a program for single parents and stepparents, if one so chooses. It is offered twice a year for 12 weeks in the Spring and Fall at no charge.  Attendance at all sessions is recommended.. It does not have to hurt forever. Registrations are taken year round for the forthcoming semester.

Contact Parish Office
732-269-2208 ext 309
Website www.rainbows.org

Seperated/Divorced Support Group

Conference September 19-21, 2014

Healing the Wounded – God’s Mercy is a Catholic national conference/leadership seminar for those who have experienced divorce or loss of a relationship and all those who minister to them.  Bishop Kevin Vann and Bishop Robert Hermann are keynotes at Mercy Retreat Center, 2039 North Geyer Road, St. Louis, Missouri, September 19-21, 2014.  Early registration discounts before August 1 and details on www.nacsdc.org .

 

This is group founded to provide hope and support to all who have experienced the trauma of divorce and separation. By sharing our feelings and experiences with each other and with trained facilitators the journey of healing begins. We address the religious, emotional, financial, and parenting issues relative to separation, divorce, and remarriage. Through conferences, seminars, workshops, speakers, and social events we eliminate many myths, make known Christ’s abundant love. There are no fees, confidentiality is maintained. We are members of the North American Conference of Separated and Divorced Catholics, Region 3. Refer to www. nacsdc.org for international and regional news and events.

Contact Parish Office
732-269-2208 ext 309

Mary Alice
732-269-2020