Our parish Ministry of Consolation assists our parishioners at a very difficult time in their life -- at the loss of a loved one. The program grows out of the revision of the Order of Christian Funerals. The rite calls for the participation of our parish community at the time of the wake service and funeral Mass. Ministers of Consolation provide personal contact, warmth and outreach to the family of the deceased.
FOR OUR GRIEVING FAMILIES: If you have recently lost a loved one, we offer our prayers and our deepest and most sincere condolences. Once your Funeral Mass date has been selected, you will be contacted by one of our Companions to help you with planning process of the Liturgy for your loved one's Mass. If the Funeral Home you have chosen has not already given you St. Peter's Funeral Planning Guide and our loaned blue booklet listing all the readings and musical selections to help you along, you can click on each of these documents to download a copy of both:FUNERAL PLANNING GUIDE and our FUNERAL READINGS AND MUSIC SELECTIONS BOOKLET. For information regarding our Bereavement Support Group click here.
FOR POTENTIAL VOLUNTEERS: If you are looking to reach out and help others through this beautiful and rewarding ministry - we would love to have you join on of our two (2) Teams of Ministers. Some visit the funeral home in the name of our parish community. Others attend the Funeral Mass to pray with the family, serve as Lectors or Eucharistic Ministers and will also assist family members at the Offertory Procession. Volunteers distribute the personalized Funeral Liturgy Booklets, as well as greet and seat people at the Mass. Cake Bakers reach out to the family with the condolences from their Parish Community. Please help us to reach out to those members of our parish family who are grieving and very much in need of comfort and compassion. There are many different ways you can become involved, as mentioned above you can serve as a:
Greeter at the Funeral Mass
"For this reason, those who are baptized into Christ and nourished at the same table of the Lord are responsible for one another. When a member of Christ’s Body dies, the faithful are called to a ministry of consolation to those who have suffered the loss of one whom they love.” ~ Order of Christian Funerals.
“If one member suffers in the body of Christ, which is the Church, all members suffer with that member.” ~ 1 Corinthians 12:26