Pastoral Care

/Pastoral Care
Pastoral Care2017-10-13T15:51:42-04:00

Pastoral Care

Our faith calls us to realize that we are communal people on a faith journey. We need the support of each other in times of difficulty and transition. Listed below are ministries that seek to respond to families in need of support.

Family Ministries Counseling Services

Referals are provided to individuals, couples and families who are experiencing relational problems, loss or moving through transitions. For information call 502/636-1044 or e-mail

Project Rachel – a Post-Abortion Ministry

Reconciliation and healing for those who are in pain from an abortion experience.
“Rachel mourns her children; she refuses to be consoled because her children are no more. Thus says the Lord: Cease your cries of mourning. Wipe the tears from your eyes. The sorrow you have shown shall have its reward … There is hope for your children.” -Jeremiah 31:15-47

A Loving, Forgiving Church

Without a doubt, abortion is one of the most traumatic experiences for an individual.

Both before and after abortion, feelings of fear, anxiety, guilt and pain are common — not only for the woman who undergoes the abortion, but also for the unborn child’s father, grandparents, other relatives, close friends of the parents, even medical personnel involved in the process.

The pain of abortion can be intensified by a sense of alienation from God and Church. If you are in this position, you need to know and believe healing and reconciliation really reside in the heart of the Church, in the heart of Christ.

Project Rachel is a sensitive, private and confidential experience. It helps a person cope with the emotional pain and to reclaim a sense of self-worth and trust in God’s unconditional forgiveness. It offers counseling within a religious context and includes the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the Catholic who wishes to receive it.

Support is available from priests, counselors, women who have had abortions and post-abortion groups.

If you or someone you know is struggling with the pain from an abortion experience, we invite you to call this confidential number: 502-471-2155.


Support for Adults When a Loved One Has Died

On With Life is a support group for the widowed. Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at St. John Paul II (3521 Goldsmith Lane – school location) and on the third Tuesday at Mary Queen of Peace (4005 Dixie Highway – Marian Center – enter the parking lot on Crums Lane –2 story brick building next to white cottage). Both begin at 7:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Family Ministries at 502/636-0296 or

Widow or Widowers (WOW) primarily addresses the social needs of the widowed. Monthly meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month at St. Stephen Martyr. Orientation for newcomers is at 7 p.m.; the meeting begins at 7:30. For additional information, contact Family Ministries at 502/636-0296 or

Family Ministries Counseling Services – for information, call 502-636-1044 or e-mail


There are additional support systems available in the community. If you would like more information, please contact us at 502/636-0296 or

Retrouvaille – a Lifeline for Troubled Marriages

Retrouvaille – A Lifeline for Troubled Marriages

Couples of all ages, lifestyles and ethnic backgrounds come to this weekend. Some have already separated or divorced, but want to try again. Many are struggling to stay together. Common among all the couples is a sincere desire to build a stable, loving marriage. This program offers the tools for this to happen.

The weekend experience is combined with a series of six post-weekend sessions over three months. The main emphasis of the program is on communication between husband and wife as they examine their lives together in a new and positive way.

Louisville Weekend Dates


September 16-18

Louisville, Kentucky area

For information about a weekend or Retrouvaille locally, call 502/479-3329 and someone will return your call.

For general information and weekends across the nation, visit the Retrouvaille web site.

Support for Adults Who Have Experienced Divorce or Separation

divorce care



Is a weekly seminar/support group that helps divorced or separated people heal from the hurt. It provides a warm, caring, and confidential environment in which participants can learn practical information and gain hope for the future.

divorce care 4 kids



Provides a save, fun place where children will learn to understand their feelings, express their emotions appropriately, feel better about themselves and develop coping skills.

These Divorce Groups are 12 week sessions held at the following parishes. Please contact them for information, dates & times.

St. Margaret Mary – 502-426-1588
Our Lady of Lourdes – 502-896-0241
St. Bernadette – 502-423-9724

Nullity Workshops

For information on the annulment process or for nullity workshop dates, contact the Tribunal at 502/585-3291 or

To receive a free booklet entitled, “Common Questions and Answers About Marriage, Divorce and Nullity in the Catholic Church,” please contact us at


Print Friendly, PDF & Email