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Marriage and Family Support [Accordion]

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No marriage is beyond hope.

The Retrouvaille Program is for married couples facing difficult challenges in their relationship. Those who are considering marriage separation and those who are already separated or divorced are encouraged to consider the Retrouvaille Program. There is always hope of reviving a relationship.

Some couples come to Retrouvaille during the initial signs of a marriage problem. Other couples are in a state of despair and hopelessness when they attend.

The program has three phases: 1.) the Retrouvaile Weekend Experience, 2.) follow-up sessions over the course of six to 12 weeks, and 3.) a monthly small-group support meeting, called CORE (Continuing Our Retrouvaille Experience). 

The next weekend retreat is March 1 to 3, 2024, at the Carmelite Spiritual Center in Darien.


Learn more about Retrouvaille

[email protected]
Phone: (815)246-2080

Diocesan Support Group

St. Helen’s Divorced Faith and Fellowship Club offers ongoing fellowship and peer ministry for any Catholic in the diocese who is divorced or undergoing divorce.

Our club is a welcoming and understanding group of Catholics who accompany one another on our healing journeys. We encourage one another to live a life of faith, remain in Christian community, and grow spiritually as Christians.

Upcoming Events
  • Tuesday, April 2, 7 to 9 p.m. — Divorce Support Group discussing chapter 5 of Living Joy.
  • Sunday, April 21, 11 a.m. to noon — Mass at St. Margaret Mary in Naperville.
  • New event! Thursday, April 25, 6:30 to 9 p.m. — Virtual Book Club discussion of No Turning Back.

St. Helen's Club Newsletter April 2024

Parish Support Groups

Our Lady of Mercy in Aurora
Vine & Branches is a Grow Group at Our Lady of Mercy (OLM) that offers support and belonging to individuals of any age or faith who are divorced or separated on the way to divorce.

Notre Dame in Clarendon Hills
Light of Life – Surviving Divorce is a support group aimed to share experiences, feelings, and insights in a confidential setting. Growth and healing come from the realization that God and His Church love us unconditionally.

St. Elizabeth Seton in Naperville
Divorce and Beyond is a group of folks who have “been there, done that” present an opportunity for people who have suffered a divorce to gather socially and to support one another with the issues surrounding divorce.

St. Michael in Wheaton
Divorce and Beyond is a 10-week self-help group meets weekly and is focused on working through the grief and mourning process. The objective is to facilitate the process of healing and growth.

The Tribunal is directly responsible for the annulment procedures in the diocese. Through the Annulment Support Day for Petitioners (in the winter) and Annulment Information Day (in the fall), divorced Catholics investigating the possibility of an annulment are offered guidance and support in a safe and caring environment. Informational nights and other workshops are also available periodically. 

Annulment FAQs

EnCourage is an apostolate which provides pastoral care for families and friends of people who experience same-sex attractions and/or gender discordance. There is a local chapter of EnCourage in which members meet regularly. For more information, email [email protected]

Learn more about Encourage