71 Central St. Stoneham, MA 02180

Bereavement Ministry

Bereavement Ministry

COMFORT THE SORROWFUL

In an effort to walk with the bereaved during the difficult and painful period of mourning, Saint Patrick Parish offers a variety of programs through which we endeavor to be a faithful presence of hope and consolation through our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Although we are deeply saddened by our loss, we do not grieve as those who have no hope (1 Thes. 4:13-18).  Our faith teaches us that Christ died to secure for us the promise of salvation and assures us that we will be together with our loved ones again in the glorious presence of our Almighty Father for all eternity.

Please see our list of offerings below.

Sponsored by:

Barile Family Funeral Homes of Stoneham and Reading

482 Main Street, Stoneham, MA 02180, Phone: 781-438-2280
11 Linden Street, Reading, MA 01867-2936, Phone: 781-944-1589
www.barilefuneral.com


THE EMMAUS MINISTRY FOR GRIEVING PARENTS
Serving the Spiritual Needs of Grieving Parents

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A Catholic ministry for parents whose children of any age have died by any cause, no matter how long ago. Losing a child under any circumstance is horrific. Focusing on the spirituality of the grieving process can help tremendously. Annual one-day, spiritual retreat offered in September each year. For more information, contact Patrice at 781-438-0200. All are welcome.


GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS

Wednesday Evenings, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Offered during the Spring and Fall

If you have suffered the death of a loved one and feel you would benefit from prayerful reflection and conversation in a supportive Catholic Christian environment, please join our Grief Support Group which will meet here at Saint Patrick Parish for six consecutive Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30 pm .

Together, we will explore the grieving process and consider the spiritual elements of grief and healing. As part of these peer support group meetings, participants are invited to share their experiences with other grieving people who offer faithful understanding, acceptance, and support. For more information and to register, please call Patrice at 781-438-0200. There is no charge for participating in this group, which is sponsored by The Barile Family Funeral Homes of Stoneham and Reading.


 GRIEF SUPPORT DROP-IN EVENINGS

2nd Monday of each Month (except holidays)
6:00pm - 7:30pm

There is no registration required to join us for these evenings of peer support for those grieving the death of a loved one.  We meet in the Youth / Multi-Purpose Room on the basement level of the church building.


HEALING LITURGY FOR LOSS OF LIFE IN THE WOMB

Offered annually, this service of recognition and healing is for anyone who grieves the loss of a pregnancy or the death of an infant. The death of a child in its earliest moments of life is incomprehensible. Join us for an evening of prayer and spiritual support. Our gathering offers a prayer service, conversation with others who have journeyed along this difficult path, and the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation for anyone who desires it.


For more information about our grief support offerings, please call Patrice Fitzpatrick at 781-438-0200 or Mary Price at 781-438-0960.