Support Groups in the Diocese

Parenting Support Group

Sometimes being a non-traditional parent offers special challenges. Whether you’re a single or two-parent household, co-parents sharing custody, grandparents raising a grandchild, or other non-custodial family member raising school-aged children (grades K-12), this self-help family and peer support group is here to help.

We will focus on:
• Helping single parents connect with others in the community and parish
• Providing a safe, caring environment for participants to share their feelings and frustrations as a parent or caregiver
• Providing practical tools and resources that parents can implement in the home to help their child adjust to changes in the home dynamics
• Providing education and resources to support the non-traditional parent

The topics will evolve as the group forms, but some potential areas to be addressed include:
• Self-care for adults
• Stress and anger management for parents
• Helping children adjust to changes in home environment, including transitions, visitation, and home disruptions
• Behavior management for children
• Child/adolescent development/attachment
• How to be an advocate for your child in the school system
• Resources for single parent homes and other local community resources

The group will meet at Emmaus Catholic Parish on the second Thursday of each month, 6:30-8 PM, and is open to anyone in the community. Though there will be a faith component to the meetings, the group is open to all religions.

Childcare in the parish nursery will be available if reserved at least 48 hours in advance of a scheduled meeting, and is subject to a minimum of reservations.

The meetings will be facilitated by Mara Reilly, M.A., LMFT, and Shelley Coleman, M.A., LPC-S.

For more information or to participate, call Mara Reilly at (512) 263-7052.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry, offered at St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) is a lay caring ministry that provides care and outreach to hurting people, non-Catholics included, beyond parish boundaries.  Our Stephen Ministers are equipped to provide Christ-centered care to people experiencing life difficulties such as unemployment, hospitalization, loneliness, divorce, financial stress, and terminal illness.  This ministry is free, confidential, one-to-one and gender based.

If interested, please contact Fatima Maciazek, Director of Faith Formation, at 512-255-1389 or

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The Austin Chapter of Courage serves as a spiritual support system to help men and women with same-sex attraction live chaste lives. In helping individuals gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the church’s teachings, especially in the area of chastity, Courage extends the church’s invitation to a life of peace and grace. In chaste living, one finds the peace and grace to grow in Christian maturity. Contact us at 512.666.1043 or