Transitions is a 12-week program for anyone going through the painful experience of separation or divorce.
For more information or to register, contact Sharon at (306) 374-1425 or by e-mail at: sharon [at] holyspiritsaskatoon.ca
TRANSITIONS is a ministry affiliated with the Office of Marriage and Family Life in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. Transitions ministers to those who are separated or divorced. Persons from other faith traditions are also welcome to attend.
Transitions offers peer support through a 12-week program in which participants meet once a week to reflect on and discuss topics outlined in a handbook. Individuals have the opportunity, if they wish, to share their story with others. Issues presented by participants during the meetings are held in confidence.
Transitions is not a drop-in program. Participants are expected to be present at every session in order to maintain trust and confidentiality in the group.
Topics of discussion include:
- The Process of Divorce
- Grieving the Death of a Relationship
- Self Image/Self Esteem
- Dealing with Stress
- Guilt & Blame
- Letting Go
- Fractured Families Can Be Whole
- Growth after Divorce
- Single Again–But Still a Parent
- Children in Blended Families
- Declaration of Nullity (the annulment process)
Here are some statements from past program participants:
“Really appreciate the program being available and the people’s energy to share. I believe all the facilitators care so much. Thank you for your love and support.”
“I would recommend this program to anyone going through separation or divorce. It helped me more than I can express. I feel like I gained my life back.”
“My experience here has been helpful and has given me strength to keep moving forward. It has shown me that I’m not alone and others have been through this and have been okay. I would recommend this program to others. Thank you to all the facilitators for your guidance and support during this time in my life.”
“A time to vent, share, hear similar stories. It was good to hear I am not alone! There was a high degree of honesty and genuineness.”
“Facilitators are honest, compassionate, funny. It is a safe place.”
“The degree of compassion we developed for each other was awesome. I am now able to forgive myself and release guilt.”
“It’s nice to share thoughts, experiences and emotions with people who are or have gone through the same things as you. It felt good to share without judgement.”
“I found each topic helped me to understand my feelings and why I chose to do what I did. It is a safe and secure environment to help me heal.”
“I would highly recommend this group to any and all who are struggling to move forward with their lives.”
“I have experienced a lot of personal growth and am very grateful for the gentle, loving environment.”
“It was nice to share my experiences with others and to feel comfortable to share my feelings. It was a great healing process. I am so blessed and grateful!”
“The facilitators did a great job in helping me to understand the process of grieving and loss. I would recommend this program to anyone.”
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Various reasons can unfortunately lead to the often irreparable breakdown of marriages. Loneliness and other difficulties are often the lot of separated spouses. Whatever your situation, we want to reach out to you with respect, solidarity, understanding and practical help, so that you can experience some degree of healing, and growth through your pain and tribulations.
It is important that you do not consider yourselves as separated from the Church. As a baptized person you can be assured that the Church is there to support you in your need.
As we journey together, let us pray for one another, encourage and sustain one another in faith and hope.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Rev. Donald Bolen
Bishop of Saskatoon
For more information, please contact:
Office of Marriage & Family Life
or toll free: 1-877-661-5005 Ext: 831
e-mail: foundations [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com ()