Bereavement Support Ministry
Our Bereavement Support Ministry tries to be the compassionate heart and hands of our Lord Jesus. No one can really feel or remove another's pain, but everyone can walk beside and support another who is sorrowful. Those involved in our Bereavement Ministry find that in supporting others, our own faith is nourished and deepened.
Volunteers are asked to attend funeral Masses held at St. Mary's to offer support to the family and friends of the deceased.
We ask you to prayerfully consider this wonderful ministry. This ministry does not require special training, and the time commitment is one hour on an as-needed basis.
Funeral Preparation Team
The work done by the volunteers on our Funeral Preparation Team is highly valued by all involved. This ministry requires individuals who are good listeners, are patient, and who can exhibit compassion with those experiencing loss.
Members of our Funeral Preparation Team meet with the family members of the deceased to plan the funeral liturgy, perform a brief prayer service during the calling hours if necessary, assist with Funeral liturgy preparation/set up, and attend the Funeral Mass as support to the family.
Training is offered for volunteers who wish to join this ministry. Training takes approximately 2-3 hours.
Volunteers do not need experience in this role, however they should have good listening skills, compassion, and the ability to lead prayers in a private environment.
The time commitment for a Funeral Team member for one Funeral Liturgy is approximately 8 hours over the course of 3-5 days, depending on the needs of the family.
Funeral Reception Team
This ministry provides receptions following a Funeral Liturgy for the family and friends of the deceased.
Volunteers for this ministry can help in several capacities:
Providing food for the reception (typically breakfast, lunch, or snack foods)
Assist with set up or clean up (2 hour commitment each; 4 hours if you choose to do both)
Assist with serving food at the reception
Training for this ministry is provided and takes about 1-2 hours.