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).  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.  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 due to the generous sponsorship of the:

McDonald-Finnegan
Funeral Home
322 Main Street
Stoneham, MA  02180
 781-438-0405

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. 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, our plans to host the Saint Patrick Parish Emmaus One-Day Retreat are uncertain at this time.  Please check back for updates.  

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 helpful to ensure each participant a complete experience of the retreat day and may be completed through the www.emfgp.org website.  Sponsored in part through the generosity of the McDonald-Finnegan Funeral Home, 322 Main Street  Stoneham, MA  02180.  A small participant fee is requested.  Scholarships are available.


5-WEEK Virtual GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Wednesday Evenings, July 22 – August 12, & 26
via Zoom
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Grieving during this time of pandemic can be a very challenging and painful experience.  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, July 22, 29, and August 5, 12, and 26.  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, July 15.  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, which are sponsored by the McDonald-Finnegan Funeral Home, 322 Main Street, Stoneham.

 


 Virtual GRIEF SUPPORT DROP-IN EVENINGS

2nd Monday of each Month
(except holidays)   We will meet Monday, July 13!
via Zoom

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Please note:   If the second Monday of the month falls on a holiday, we will meet 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. 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 which is sponsored by the McDonald-Finnegan Funeral Home, 322 Main Street Stoneham, MA  02180, 781-438-0405.


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.