Sunday, February 6, 2011

Bereavement Committee - St. Benedict's


Is this a ministry you are being called to?

The Bereavement Committee at St. Benedict's is a ministry whose mission is to reach out to parishioners who are mourning the death of a loved one. In providing consolation, support and hope, we make an effort, as representatives of their Catholic community, to share their grief.

In 1986, the Bereavement Committee at St. Benedict's was founded by a young widowed parishioner, Mary Lou Kaye, and funeral director, Richard Wedekindt. Since then, we have provided prepared food, sent sympathy cards, Spiritual Remembrance cards, and helpful literature to numerous families who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The committee maintains a rack in the vestibule of the church with literature on grief and personal loss. Twice a year a Memorial Mass is offered to which all parishioners are welcomed to celebrate the lives of those recently deceased. At Christmastime, our members sponsor a -Memorial Tree which parishioners are encouraged to decorate in remembrance of their deceased loved ones.

In order to continue to serve those who are grieving, the committee needs your assistance. If you were a recipient of the Bereavement Committee's assistance at some time, perhaps you would like to bring that same comfort to others now in need. As a parish committee, it is our hope and prayer to do more for families who have experienced the death of a loved one. Since there are so many opportunities to serve on the committee, many hands are needed. Please consider joining our committee.

If you would like to become a member or if you have any questions, email or call us at 834-1041.
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