71 Central St. Stoneham, MA 02180

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).  Jesus walks with us in our suffering and wants to help us carry the burdens of our grief.  Saint Paul tells us that Jesus died to secure for us the promise of salvation and assures us that, if we believe in Him, we will one day be with Him in heaven, "for if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with Him those who have fallen asleep" (1 Thes. 4:14).  In Christ, we stand firm in hope that, one day, we will be reunited with loved ones who have gone before us in the glorious presence of our Almighty Father for all eternity.

Please see our list of offerings below.  With the exception of the Emmaus Ministry One-Day Retreat, for which we request a small participant fee, our Bereavement Ministry offerings are available to everyone at no cost.

For more information or if you would like to register for any Bereavement Ministry event, please call Patrice Fitzpatrick at 781-438-0200.  All are welcome.

Serving the Spiritual Needs of Grieving Parents

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The Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents is 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. I am so very sorry for your loss.  Experience has taught us that focusing on the spirituality of the grieving process can help tremendously.  Please join us for our annual one-day, spiritual retreat offered in September each year. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to host an in-person
Saint Patrick Parish Emmaus One-Day Retreat as we originally planned for September.

The Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents, originally founded by Charley and Diane Monghan, parents of Paul, will offer virtual retreat days using Zoom.  For more information, contact Patrice at 781-438-0200 or visit the Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents website at www.emfgp.org .  Pre-registration is required to ensure each participant a complete experience of the retreat day and may be completed through the www.emfgp.org website.  

Wednesday Evenings, May 5 through June 9, 2021

Grieving is a very challenging and painful experience which is made only more difficult by the concerns of this current pandemic.  If you have lost a loved one, whether due to COVID-19 or another cause, you may feel isolated and alone in your grief during this time of social distancing.  Connecting with others who share a similar experience of mourning amid the isolation and uncertainty of this time can provide comfort and support.  

Please join our Grief Support Group to connect with others virtually on Wednesday evenings, May 5 through June 9, 2021.  Together, we will explore the grieving process and consider the spiritual elements of grief and healing grounded in Christian hope.  For more information, please call Patrice Fitzpatrick, Pastoral Associate, at 781-438-0200 to register by Wednesday, April 28, 2021.  You will need a computer, a tablet, or a smart phone that has a camera in order to participate in these virtual meetings.  This technology is easy to use and we can assist you in getting started.

If you are not comfortable using this technology, our Virtual Grief Drop-In Meetings on the second Monday of each month offer phone-in attendance.  Please call Patrice for more information. 

There is no fee for participating in these groups.


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

Please note:   If the second Monday of the month falls on a holiday, we will meet via Zoom on the following Monday evening.

If you are grieving the death of a loved one, please join us for peer support in a loving, Christ-centered environment at our Virtual Grief Support Drop-In evenings, the 2nd Monday of each month, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm via Zoom.  No commitment is required; join us as you are.  Contact Patrice Fitzpatrick at 781-438-0200 for the Zoom link. You may participate in these sessions via telephone or computer audio/visual.

There is no fee for this offering.

If you have any questions about any of our Bereavement Ministry offerings, or you need a supportive faithful presence to accompany you as you grieve, please call Patrice Fitzpatrick at 781-438-0200.