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Region 7 Happenings
We present the following for your information and consideration, and hope that you will participate in and benefit from these events. However, NACSDC cannot be responsible for the content or any other aspect of the events described herein.

    REFLECT Catholic retreats for singles is for and about adults in their mid-30s to 50s.  It's for those who want to know themselves better and discover more about their capacity for life as a single man or women.   It's an experience that calls us to believe in our value to the Lord, and to devote ourselves to caring for and serving others.  A two-day weekend retreat through REFLECT is a unique and rare opportunity for mid-life singles to take a step back from everyday life to reflect on where they are at, where they're going, and how they're going to get there. It's a great way to meet new people, share new experiences, and draw closer to the giver of life - Jesus Christ.
    REFLECT Retreats for Mid-Life Singles
  2/17/17-2/19/17 in Illinois
3/17/17 -3/19/17 in Michigan
4/28/17-4/30/17 in St Louis
Same retreat centers as last held in 2016.

    For more information or to register, please visit the REFLECT website.


“Celebrate Yourself”

A “Single Through Loss” Ministry

Late Summer Event on September 17, 2017

If you are widowed or divorced, please join us on Sunday, September 17, to hear a Mindfulness/Relaxation speaker, inspiring guitar music, and share in our ice cream social.  The program begins at 2:00 pm (check-in begins at 1:30 pm) and concludes at 5:00 pm.

The event tall take place at the Blanchette Catholic Center in Crest Hill, IL.  The $15 fee can be paid at the door with cash or check payable to the Diocese of Joliet.  To register, call (815) 838-5334, email the Family Ministry Office at family This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register online at http://conta.cc/2hkR61Q.  Reservations are required by September 7, 2017.


Annulment Information Day

Saturday, November 18. 2017

An annulment information seminar will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Blanchette Catholic Center in Crest Hill.  People interested in petitioning for annulment, those already in the process, or anyone who wants information about the annulment process are welcome to attend.  The annulment process will be explained and all questions will be welcomed.  This day does not start the process but offers a friendly atmosphere to learn what annulment means and what is entailed in the process.  During the day those in attendance will have a “hands-on” review of the Joliet diocesan annulment paperwork. Please register by November 10. A $25 fee includes morning coffee, lunch and a binder with handouts.  Check-in begins at 8:30 am.  To register, please call The Office of Family Ministry at 815-838-5334 or online at http://conta.cc/2wisHTs.


Single Through Loss” Gathering

For Men and Women

On December 9, 2017

After the loss of a spouse through death or divorce, even those well on their way to an adjusted lifestyle can find the holiday season challenging.  Please join us on Saturday, December 9, for a festive Christmas tea and presentations.  The program begins at 1:00 pm (check-in starts at 12:30 pm) and concludes with a Vigil Mass at 4:00 pm.

This event will take place at the Blanchette Catholic Center in Crest Hill.  The $15 fee can be paid at the door with cash or a check payable to Diocese of Joliet.  To register, call 815-838-5334, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or register online at http://conta.cc/2hkJLIU.  Reservations are required by December 1.

Single Through Loss (STL) is an inter-parish committee of the Office of Family Ministry of the Diocese of Joliet whose members include support group leaders of “Divorce and Beyond, The “Joyful Again” widowed ministry, and other peer support groups in the Diocese.  Events are rotated at various locations throughout the diocese.

STL’s mission is to provide spiritual enrichment and networking opportunities for widowed and divorced Catholics who have passed through the initial stages of grief and are ready to begin a new chapter in their lives.  STL meetings are open to individuals of all denominations who are respectful of faith-based virtues.

Support Group Facilitator Training

On September 9, the Office for Family Ministry is sponsoring facilitator training for church-sponsored divorce, bereavement, and other hurting/healing support groups.  Valerie Maty, Associate Director of the Office of Family Ministry, will lead this training session at the Blanchette Catholic Center in Crest Hill.

This training is for those who are facilitating or who are planning to facilitate self-help support sharing sessions.  The training will cover the role of the facilitator, listening skills, support group ground rules, handling difficult situations, and role-playing practice sessions.  Participants should be endorsed by their parish for this ministry.

Check-in begins at 8:30 am.  Training starts at 9:00 am and concludes at 4:00 pm.  The $20 fee covers morning coffee, lunch, and a student manual.  To register, please call 815-838-5334 by September 1.