Vine & Branches

“I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit because without Me you can do nothing.”

St. John 15:5

What is Vine & Branches?

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.

“As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.” John 15:9

What does Vine & Branches do?

We gather regularly (weekly) in community in a safe environment to provide mutual support to one another and grow in Christian virtue and friendship. This group will also have opportunities to connect through various social gatherings. Based on the group’s interest, additional workshops or meeting topics may include speakers on various topics such as annulments, parenting in divorce, etc.

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” John 15:11

What is the purpose?

Our primary purpose is to help divorced or separated individuals looking to restore hope, find healing and grow authentic friendships with other individuals who are in a similar situation.

“It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.” John 15:16

When do we gather?

Please purchase the book to join the study at this link. 
The study will culminate with an Annulment Workshop on 8/24th.

Please also register below to sign up.

We meet in person on Wednesdays from 7pm – 8:30pm at Our Lady of Mercy in the Parish Life Center (PLC).

Social gatherings are typically planned for Friday or Saturday evenings.

Currently, we are hosting the book study that starts on 6/1st “Mending the Heart: A Catholic Annulment Companion” by Lisa Duffy

Dear friend:

If you are seeking answers about the Catholic annulment process after having gone through the pain of divorce, my heart is with you. While you certainly want technical answers to questions about the “process,” you’re probably searching even more for answers to the aching questions that weigh heavy on your heart:

How in the world did I end up here? How could God allow my marriage to end in divorce? Am I still accepted in my Church?

And perhaps most importantly, Where do I go from here?

These are critical questions, and you deserve honest answers. Rest assured, you are not alone. I speak from experience. I’ve been where you are and know what you are going through. In Mending the Heart: The Catholic Annulment Companion, I walk with you through the annulment process, taking a close look at the changes Pope Francis has made, and helping you discover ways to find hope and healing in the midst of heartbreak.

Know that God wants to heal you through this process. He wants to bring triumph out of the pain you are experiencing now, and set you on the path to a new, deeply fulfilling life.

In Christ,

Lisa Duffy

An important note

This is not a group of professional counselors, but a group of peers who have been there and simply wish to listen, offer encouragement, and grow in fellowship.

What if I have more questions?

Please reach out to one of the group leaders, they are looking forward to hearing from you.

Kim Harris

Mary LoGalbo

John Frederick

Jim Marks