Separation and Divorce Ministry

Support for adults and children who are experiencing separation/divorce in their family and a program helping separated/divorced parents improve their co-parenting relationship.


A 15-week non-denominational, peer support program for those who are separated / divorced. 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.

Topics of discussion include: “The Process of Divorce”; “Self Image/Self Esteem”; “Dealing with Stress, Anger, Guilt, Blame & Loneliness”; “Forgiveness”; “Fractured Families Can Be Whole”; “Growth after Divorce”; “Single Again—But Still a Parent”; “Children in Blended Families”; “The Declaration of Nullity” (annulment process). Transitions is offered twice a year, beginning in September and in February. The group size is limited to 20 participants and 4 facilitators.

Our next program will begin in the Fall of 2017 at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 120 - 17th Avenue SW.

Registration is required. Please phone 403-218-5505 or 403-218-5504 or email

Effective Co-Parenting: Putting Kids First

A non-denominational, educational program for separated and divorced parents to help raise their children through this difficult time and increase the understanding of needs of children for developing self-esteem and security. It will offer skills about managing diverse shared parenting situations and provide strategies for improving communication, resolving conflict, and managing day to day children’s issues between parenting partners.

Parents are encouraged to attend separately.

The next 5-week program will be offered 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm on Wednesdays, May 3-31, 2017 at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 120 - 17th Avenue SW, Calgary.

For more information or registration contact the Life & Family Resource Centre at 403-218-5505 or email

Related Offices Life & Family Resource Centre (LFRC) Related Programs Separation and Divorce
Related Themes Parenting Divorce and Separation Family

Marriage Enrichment

Parishes can access a series of Marriage Enrichment programs through the Life and Family Resource Centre of the Diocese. These programs are tailored to the needs of the parish hosting such an event. Please contact us for more information by calling 403-218-5505 or by email

Marriage Encounter

What is Marriage Encounter?

It is a weekend experience that gives married couples the opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives. It's a chance for them to look deeply into their relationship with each other and with God. It's a time to share their feelings, hopes and dreams with each other. The weekend provides a conducive environment for couples to spend time together, away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life, while encouraging them to focus on each other and their relationship.

Marriage Encounter is not a retreat, not a marriage clinic, not group sensitivity, and not a substitute for counseling. It is a time for you and your spouse to be alone together, to rediscover each other and to focus on your relationship for an entire weekend. Every marriage deserves that kind of attention. For more information, please consult the Marriage Encounter website at at


Retrouvaille is a program for married couples experiencing difficulty which consists of a weekend and several follow-up sessions.

On the weekend, a series of in depth presentations are given to all participating couples. Each presentation, given by three married facilitator couples and a priest, focuses on a specific area of marital relationship. After each presentation, you will have a chance to reflect on it by yourself, then discuss it with your spouse in complete privacy. The weekend is not a spiritual retreat, not a sensitivity group, not a seminar, nor is it a social gathering. You will not be asked to share your problems with anyone.

Upon registration a $200.00 non-refundable fee is due. The balance of the program cost is a free-will offering at the end of the weekend.

Upcoming Event: A Lifeline for Marriages. Two people are joined together in marriage. Along life's journey, we may lose our way and start to grow apart. Retrouvaille provides a "road map" to help us find our way again by teaching communication skills and providing the tools to improve our relationships.

Call for help today, 403-879-7893, or

The next Retrouvaille weekend will be held on September 8-10, 2017.

Related Offices Life & Family Resource Centre (LFRC) Related Programs Retrouvaille
Related Themes Divorce and Separation Married Life

Embracing Change

The loss of something or someone often involves a time of grieving. It is difficult to let go of things that we are familiar with and cherish. It is even more difficult to let go of people who are important to us. However, no matter how much we try to hang on to the here and now, change is unavoidable. Change is something we tend to fear and become anxious about because we do not feel in control. The good news is that God has a plan for our life. If we trust in God and allow the change to help us grow to become more like Jesus Christ in how we respond and act, then we are promised that everything will fall into place. In the book of Deuteronomy [31:6] it says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread (of them), for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” As we are presently in the process of a change of leadership in the Diocese of Calgary by welcoming Bishop William McGrattan, we are looking back thanking Bishop Henry for being a courageous example of a leader who was never afraid to “tell it as it is.” At the same time, we are looking forward in joyful expectation to Bishop McGrattan’s contribution to our diocese and welcome him with open hearts, arms and minds.


  • The bishop of a diocese has many responsibilities. List at least five.
  • What are my expectations of the new bishop?
  • What can I do to support the bishop?
  • How can I get involved in a diocesan ministry:
    1. directly?
    2. through my parish?
    3. in other ways?

Fill in the missing words to complete the following sentences:

  • The Diocese of Calgary was established in the year __________________
  • Bishop William T. McGrattan is the ______ Bishop of the Diocese of Calgary
  • He grew up in the Diocese of _____________________
  • He was ordained a priest in the year _________
  • He was named a bishop in the year _________
  • Before coming to Calgary, Bishop William T. McGrattan was the bishop of the Diocese of _____________________________

  • Family Activities:

    • List all of the parishes of the Calgary Diocese by name (e.g. St. Anthony’s Parish, Calgary).
    • Obtain a travel map and trace the boundaries of the Calgary Diocese.
    • Name three churches that are closest to yours.
    • Draw a picture of your own church.
    • Pray that our diocese may continue to prosper.

    May the Lord continue to bless our diocese and its many ministries and projects

    Related Offices Carillon Life & Family Resource Centre (LFRC)
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    Billings Ovulation Method (WOOMB)

    The billings Ovulation Method is based on awareness of the woman's natural cycles of fertility and infertility, unmodified by any chemical, mechanical, or other artifical means. It takes advantage of the biological fact that women are infertile more often than fertile throughout their procreative years. The fertile phase, that time when conception may occur, is recognized by physical signs accompanying ovulation. This knowledge, together with planned abstinence, can be used either to achieve or to postpone pregnancy.

    For more information please contact:

    Related Offices Life & Family Resource Centre (LFRC) Related Programs Natural Family Planning
    Related Themes Parenting Moral and Ethics Life Issues Married Life Natural Family Planning Prolife Family

    Feed My Lambs – Feed My Sheep

    When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my Lambs.” A second time he said to him, &lqduo;Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep” [John 21.15-17].

    Bishop Henry chose this Bible passage as the guide to pastor the people in the Diocese of Calgary. He does it with compassion, love and care and is determined to be an example to others. He was and is never afraid to face and speak the truth defending Catholic dogma, values, and traditions, just as it is expected of a good leader. There are those who accept that truth, and then there are those who do not and act accordingly. If we look at the life of Jesus on earth we can see the parallels. Having said that, I would like you to reflect on the role of a bishop.

    Fill in the missing words to complete the sentences (answers below*):

    • The bishop is the head of the ______________
    • On his head he wears a ______________
    • In his hand he holds a ______________
    • His “home” church is usually the ______________
    • He is an authentic successor of the ______________
    • The bishop of an archdiocese is called ______________
    • Reflection Questions:
    • Who chooses a bishop from among the priests?
    • What are the responsibilities of a bishop?
    • Name the holy sacraments that are administered by the bishop.
    • Which of those sacraments can be administered by the priest with the bishop’s permission?
    • What is the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB:
    • Who is the current president of the CCCB?
    • Family Activities:
    • Explain the role of a bishop to your children in words they can understand.
    • Tell your children how to recognize a bishop. What does he wear when celebrating Mass?
    • Encourage your children to draw a picture of a bishop.
    • What was the name of the bishop who confirmed you?
    • Look at photographs of each confirmed family member, remember, and talk about what made those days special!


    Let us pray in thanksgiving for Bishop Henry
    who led us for many years through trying times
    when the spirit of the world threatened Christian values.
    May the presence of the Holy Spirit
    be his source of strength,
    and may he continue to be an inspiring example
    of defending these values.
    May the Lord, our God, protect him
    and may he experience peace and happiness
    in his retirement.

    *Diocese, Mitre, Crozier, Cathedral, Apostles, and Archbishop

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