Parishioners and parish leaders might well ask themselves: How are separated and divorced persons treated in this parish? What is the parishioners’ prevalent attitude toward persons who are separated or civilly divorced? Pope John Paul II characterized the fundamental Christian attitude that ought to permeate a parish’s response: “let these men and women know that the Church loves them. . . . it is necessary to welcome them with charity and kindness.” Read more from the U.S. Bishops.
Spouses who are separated: The road to healing, reconciliation, and rebuilding of your relationship can be a slow, painful one. If you are willing to begin that journey, the Church has many resources like pastoral counseling and Retrouvaille, which can assist you.
Divorced Persons: Relationships and circumstances within your family may have changed, but God’s love for you is ever present and does not come to an end. Grasp the hands of those who reach out to you in loving concern. Extend your own hand to others whom you meet on the road to healing and reconciliation. There is a home for you within our parishes and communities of faith.
Need help with an annulment? The Tribunal of the Diocese of Cleveland will be presenting a new program for beginning the annulment process. The First Step Program is meant to provide individuals with a simplified method for the initial presentation of a case to the Tribunal. The program will consist of two sessions. The first meeting will be a general overview of marriage as understood by the Catholic Church and an explanation of the Tribunal process. This meeting is also open to anyone who would be interested in deepening his/her knowledge of marriage in the Catholic Church and the annulment process. Individuals who would like to begin the First Step Program will be given the appropriate materials at the conclusion of the meeting. The second meeting will be an individual meeting, by appointment only, for the purpose of presenting the completed materials. Pre-registration for the first meeting is not necessary.
For more information, call Lynette Tait at the Tribunal, 216-696-6525 or 800-869-6525, ext. 4000 or visit the Tribunal’s Website. First Step sessions are listed under the First Step tab on this website.