Grief Ministry's mission is to extend the comfort and compassion of the Church to those members of our community suffering a loss due to death. This id done through a variety of ways.

Initial parish response

The family meets with the priest or pastoral assistant in planning the funeral liturgy. During this time the initial grief work begins as we pray with the family and offer our parish support. Supplemental materials, such as Understanding Grief and I Will Trust in God are provided to offer understanding and comfort.

Funeral reception committee

The Funeral Reception Committee provides a reception for the bereaved family the day of the funeral. We provide a warm, comfortable environment for the family to have lunch served to them and all those attending the funeral. Receptions are served in the Parish Center or Social Hall. Members of the committee help to prepare food, set up, serve and clean up the reception. Funeral reception cooks prepare salads and desserts for the receptions. These are prepared at home and dropped off at the parish center or parish office the morning of the reception. Families are asked to provide rolls and meat and cheese trays. If a family is able a donation to offset the expense of the funeral is appreciated as this is a self-supporting ministry.

Understanding Grief Workshops

These workshops cover the grief process, communication and listening and the grief ministry program at St. Charles Borromeo Parish. Anyone who is helping a friend or family member through a grief journey is welcome to come and learn.

Poinsettia Project

Each Christmas the parish delivers poinsettias to families who have had a death during the past year expressing. The plant symbolizes our care and concern. We also let them know their loved one will be remembered in our Christmas Mass prayers.

Mass of the Faithful Departed

The first Saturday of the month the parish has a 9 a.m. Mass of the Faithful Departed. Loved ones are prayed for on the 3rd month, sixth month and year anniversary of their death for five years. Personalized invitations are sent to the families.

All Souls' Day

Parishioners are invited to bring a photo of their loved one to this special Mass. 

Widow and widowers support group and dinner

This support group meets monthly and shares a potluck dinner. It is a casual time when people come together in prayer to socialize and share a meal. They have the opportunity to meet others who share similar experiences within their faith community.

Newly bereaved support group

This six-week support group is for parishioners who have lost their spouse in the last year. The group provides a vehicle for people to heal and grow and to understand the grief process.

Complicated grief

For parishioners who are experiencing prolonged grief, the parish refers to trained bereavement counselors.

For more information, contact:

Renee Stocks
Pastoral Assistant for RCIA, Grief Ministry and Parish Life
253–564–5185, ext. 3037