In his Apostolic Exhortation Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis referred to the Church as a field hospital, recognizing and caring for those who are wounded. One of the greatest wounds a person can suffer is the pain of divorce or separation. It affects not only the persons involved, but also children, other family members, friends and co-workers.

St. Paul again is presenting Fresh Start: A Healing Ministry for the Divorced, Separated & Civilly Remarried Outside the Church.  It’s a journey to help those who are divorced, separated or remarried outside the Church to share experiences and dialogue with others in a confidential group setting.  Included is an excellent 12-week video series featuring people who have gone through separation and divorce and comments from counselors.

When does the next program begin?

Beginning September 7, 2017 we will meet in the school’s Faculty Lounge from 7:00-9:00 pm on two Thursdays each month (exceptions are one session in December and the final session March 8).

Where does the group meet?

Join us in the Faculty Lounge in the St. Paul School Building, 170 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI  48236.

How do I register?

Contact Deacon Bill Jamieson at either or 313.885.8855 ext. 145.

Is there a fee to register?

The fee is $15 for a book to complement the videos and a prayer book.

I am not a St. Paul parishioner. Can I still come?

Yes! The program is open to all who are divorced or separated, not just St. Paul parishioners. We encourage you to reach out to others who may be interested.

Upcoming Dates and Topics


September 7, 2017: Getting Your Bearings
September 21, 2017: Finding Strength and Help
October 12, 2017: Getting Through Your Anger
October 26, 2017: Finding Perfect Peace
November 9, 2017: Learning to Forgive
November 30, 2017: Dealing with Your Family
December 14, 2017: Handling Money Wisely
January 11, 2018: Finding Perfect Power
January 25, 2018: Seeing God in Romance
February 8, 2018: Relearning How to Date
February 22, 2018: Loving Church Teachings
March 8, 2018: Finding Perfect Passion