“Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of others, exercise hospitality, rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” — Romans 12:12-13
The mission of the Ministry of Bereavement is to bring solace to the family of the deceased and to aid in planning a liturgy within the rules of the Church that would be most fitting to the deceased and most comforting to the family. By entering into the Corporal Work of Mercy with a humble and prayerful attitude, the minister receives great satisfaction for having helped his/her fellow parishioners at a time of great sorrow.
- When notified of a funeral the Bereavement chairperson contacts a bereavement minister. It is important that if it is all possible, he/she accepts the assignment.
- The minister immediately contacts a family member to arrange a meeting with as many family members as possible to plan the liturgy.
- Within the liturgy the family may choose the first and second readings, the responsorial psalm, and the gospel. There are five music selections to be made. All choices are recorded on the proper form along with decisions on lectors, distributors, gift-bearers and servers. These forms are returned to the rectory and copies are made for the celebrant and the music director.
- The minister should be at church well before the funeral. He/she should be sure “No Parking” signs are in the driveway and assist in the preparation in any way needed.
- Shortly before the funeral, the bereavement minister stands in the church vestibule to greet and assist mourners. She/He should strive to be helpful in any way possible. During the liturgy, she/he should sit in the rear of church to assist gift-bearers and to be watchful for any emergency.
- If appropriate, the minister may contact the family after the funeral to see of our parish community can help in any way.
- On a Saturday in early November, a mass is offered for all those who have been buried from Our Lord Christ the King in the past year. Ministers are asked to write invitations to the families and to help with the reception that follows.
Parish Contact: Mary Alice Manley, firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted; to comfort all who mourn” — Isaiah 61:1,2
“Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you are serving the Lord Christ.” — Colossians 3:23-24