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Contact Info

 

 

Parish Office

(732) 780-2666

Bereavement ministers provide comfort to parishioners who have recently lost a loved one.  They listen to the needs of the bereaved, and provide support through group meetings, one-on-one sessions, lectures, prayer services, and printed materials.  This is a wonderful ministry for parishioners who have completed their own grief journey and now want to assist others to reach a place of healing.

 

This ministry is also known as "Ministry of Consolation."

 

Group

Typical tasks and responsibilities:

  • To respond to those who are experiencing the pain of grief due to death of a loved one.
  • To provide an opportunity for the bereaved to find support for changes in their lives while working through the tasks of grief by sharing, reading reflection and journalizing in a faith based community.

 

Required training or skills (if applicable): Trained and commissioned by NCMB (National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved), based on the Bishops' Order of Christian Funerals.

 

Approximate time commitment: As Announced; two group sessions per year (each session lasts 9 weeks, with one meeting per week).

 

Location: St. Mary’s Spiritual Center

 

 


 

One-on-One

Typical tasks and responsibilities:

  • To respond to those who are experiencing the pain of grief due to death of a loved one.
  • To provide interim support for the bereaved between the 9week Support Group meetings and/or for individuals who prefer the
    privacy and intimacy afforded by One-on-One sessions.

 

Required training or skills (if applicable): Trained and commissioned by NCMB (National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved), based on the Bishops' Order of Christian Funerals.

 

Approximate time commitment: As needed.

 

Location: As required.

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