What we're about
Find help and healing for the hurt of separation and divorce.
THIS IS NOT A DATING GROUP. We ask that participants do not date, especially when you are new to the group. (See below for dating policies.)
Whether you are divorced or separated or are contemplating divorce or separation, we can help.
Whether you are Catholic or Protestant, or Jewish, or another religion, it does not matter, we can help. (Many weeks we have several Jewish participants.) We do ask participants to be respectful of traditional Catholic beliefs and traditions on marriage an the family.
If you have been in a long term relationship that has or may be severed, we can help.
In the past we have had couples attend, and on occasion they have reconciled with the relationship advice from the counselors on the DVDs we play and discuss.
We do not judge, divorce is a difficult decision that is yours to make, only you know exactly what you are going through. But if you ask for advice, we will err on the side of reconciliation. Reconciliation is a process, an evolution over many years: reconciliation simply means you will be kinder and more civil towards your ex-spouse tomorrow than you were yesterday.
DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone.
DivorceCare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable DivorceCare resources to help you deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding your life.
You don’t have to go through it alone.
Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before.
*** NOTE: You do not need to join or RSVP to attend a DivorceCare group. We encourage you call the event organizer before you attend your first session as a courtesy, and so you won't feel like a stranger.
DATING AND NEW RELATIONSHIPS, AND KEEPING THE GROUP SAFE
THIS IS NOT A DATING OR SINGLES GROUP. DivorceCare recommends that their support groups forbid dating amongst the participants in the group.
If you are already dating, both partners are welcome to attend our sessions as long as their behavior does not disrupt the group dynamics.
You should place the feelings and needs of the other people above your own in these matters. The DVDs suggest as a general rule that someone who is divorced needs one year to heal for every four years of marriage. AT A MINIMUM someone should go through the cycle once or twice before even thinking about dating.
Which is why we do not permit members to email other members who they do not know well.
We will also not approve members who want to join to date or have inappropriate profile pictures (i.e., bikinis) or grossly inappropriate information in their profile.
DESCRIPTION OF DVDs:
DivorceCare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each DivorceCare session has two distinct elements:
A Seminar with Experts
During the first 30–40 minutes of the meeting, each DivorceCare group watches a video seminar featuring top experts on divorce and recovery subjects. These videos are produced in an interesting-to-watch television magazine format featuring expert interviews, real-life case studies and on-location video.
You can see descriptions of these videos in the ABOUT section after you join the group.
A Support Group with Focus
After viewing the video, DivorceCare group participants spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar and what is going on in the lives of group members.
The previous text was from the Divorce Care website:
Divorce Care is a mostly Baptist group who has developed the best divorce course the Miami Catholic Archdiocese has found for their divorce ministries. This is a Christian course, and the emphasis is on improving relationships. You do not need to be Catholic to attend, we have had Jewish attendees in the past.
Many other Catholic and Protestant churches in southeast Florida sponsor a divorce care group. These are listed at:
ABOUT THE ORGANIZER
Like most meetup groups, this meetup site maintained by an individual, Bruce Strom. The church has no role in maintaining this website.
He did not start the Divorce Care group, it has been meeting for several years at St Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church.
This meetup group is private to keep the members identities private, to minimize unwanted emails.
For more information, please contact Elaine at 954-270-4116.
POLICIES FOR THIS MEETUP GROUP:
1. You do not need to join the group to participate in the meetings, and you do not need to RSVP, as you may want to keep your attendance confidential. But we do ask that you email the event organizer if you plan to attend as a courtesy.
2. You can only email those people in the group whom you know, unless you are assisting with a meetup event.
3. Please let the organizer know if you receive unwelcome emails or advances.
4. Everything said in the group meetings is confidential. What you hear in the group stays in the group. No gosssipping allowed. At all times your behavior must be courteous.
5. Profile pictures are not required, but please no glamour shots, bikinis, or all-skin pictures. Your profile should not contain grossly inappropriate content.
You should not post anything you would not embarrassed for your employer, children, parents, priest/pastor, or close friends to see.