Support Groups



Al-Anon helps families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend.  The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend.



Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive overeating. meetings provide a fellowship of experience, strength and hope where members respect one another’s anonymity. Unlike other organizations, OA is not just about weight loss, obesity or diets; it addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. To address weight loss, OA encourages members to develop a food plan with a health care professional and a sponsor. If you want to stop your compulsive eating, why not come to Overeaters Anonymous at Saint As.  OA meets each Wednesday, at 8p.m. in the Nazareth Institute.



Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.  There is a meeting every Friday night at 7:30p.m. in the Nazareth Institute.



BEREAVEMENT AND GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP is for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one.  It provides education and sharing to facilitate the healing of grief in a more structured group format.  A weekly commitment is needed and topics such as grief, mourning, communication with family & friends, pain, sadness, caring for yourself, controlling stress, hidden anger, guilt, bereavement leading to personal growth and reconciliation will be explored.  Journal writing is an integral part of the structured group, although the participant is not expected to share the contents of his/her personal journal.  The group meets from 7:30 to 9:00p.m. on Mondays in the Nazareth Institute, corner of 62nd Street & Bay Parkway.


St. Athanasius parish is committed to supporting people through times of grief and loss. Praying through Grief and Loss provides time and space to recognize the reality of grief, in a safe and nurturing environment. Through prayer, reading from the Psalms and quiet song, we acknowledge our vulnerability before God and allow ourselves to be touched by grace. The group will meet three times a year, for 3 sessions on Mondays from 7:30-9.m.