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 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?

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 program “Surviving Divorce”

What is Surviving Divorce?

Surviving Divorce was created to bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage. It is for the newly separated and divorced and those still struggling with issues many years later. It will help them find answers to their questions, restore hope, and begin authentic healing.

Developed and hosted by Rose Sweet, Surviving Divorce features experts Dr. Ray Guarendi, Ph.D., Fr. Donald Calloway, M.I.C., Fr. Steve Porter, S.T.L., Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., and Christopher West. It also includes personal testimonies of Catholic men and women who have experienced the breakdown of their families. They courageously share their stories with heart, humor, and wisdom. As they witness to their pain and the healing power of Christ in their lives, participants will laugh, cry, and identify with their journeys from heartache to healing.

Surviving Divorce will help you:

  • Work through the emotional upheaval of separation and divorce.
  • Find personal healing and hope.
  • Discover a deeper understanding of God’s love for you.
  • Gain wisdom and comfort from experts and others who share your experiences.
  • Navigate new concerns like custody, court hearings, and finances.

Please register below to sign up.

To find out more here is a quick video

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