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Book: The Divorced Catholic's Guide to Parenting

In The Divorced Catholic’s Guide to Parenting, Catholic author, speaker, and licensed clinical professional counselor and pastoral counselor Lynn Cassella-Kapusinski, herself a child of divorce, helps parents walk with their children through the heartbreak of divorce into the healing, peace, and even joy that is possible in their lives. This book has been endorsed by Archbishop William E. Lori, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, and other Catholic leaders. It also has an Imprimatur.

Book: When Parents Divorce or Separate

When Parents Divorce or Separate: I Can Get Through This (A Catholic Guide for Kids) has been endorsed by the late Cardinal Francis George; Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, EWTN Host; and other Catholic leaders. It received first place in the Family Life category of the 2014 Catholic Press Association book awards. Formed by the truths of the Catholic faith and by what professionals in family counseling have found helpful, this guide is designed for children ages 8-12. It blends faith with interactive elements. Provides children with a safe space for coping, healing, and growing. To purchase, email Lynn at

Book: Now What Do I Do?

Now What Do I Do? A Guide to Help Teenagers with Their Parents' Separation or Divorce received second place in the Family Life category of the 2007 Catholic Press Association Book awards. It is written as a workbook to help middle schoolers and high schoolers vent some of their anger, fear and frustration over their parents’ breakup, whether it is recent or years in the past. Some of the activities are fun while others are more serious; some are designed to be done alone, others can be done with friends. A great book for adolescents.

Book: Making Your Way After Your Parents' Divorce

Making Your Way After Your Parents' Divorce takes an honest look at the effects that parental divorce can have in the life of a millennial and the ways that they can move toward healing and forgiveness. Although aimed at young adult and adult children of divorce, this book is a valuable resource for counselors, ministers, religious educators, social workers, and divorced parents themselves. Ideal for both individual and group use. Foreword by the late Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C.

Book:  Oil on the Wounds

Although it is not always recognized, the damage left by a divorce or an abortion can be devastating.  The Pontifical John Paul II Institute's International Congress, comprised of the world's foremost experts in each field, was held to discuss the suffering of people who have been affected by these acts and the ways in which their lingering pain should be approached and relieved.  The findings of this symposium form the basis of Oil on the Wounds:  A Response to the Aftermath of Divorce and Abortion.  This collection of essays is for laymen, professionals, and clergy who seek to understand the issues not only from a religious point of view, but also from a human perspective. 

"Building a Ministry with Children of Divorce:  Obstacles & How to Overcome Them," Essay by Lynn Cassella-Kapusinski, pages 87-106.

Additional Resources (Click on title to access.)

8 Ways for Catholic Parents to Help Kids Grow in Faith During and After Divorce

Explaining Divorce and Separation to Children 

Books about Divorce and Stepfamilies for Children

Movies about Divorce and Stepfamilies for Children

Critical Coping Tasks for Children with Separated or Divorced Parents

When to Refer to Mental Health Counseling

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