Bereavement Ministry

The responsibility for the ministry of consolation rests with the believing community, which heeds the words and example of the Lord Jesus: "Blessed are they who mourn; they shall be consoled" (Matthew 5:3). Each Christian shares in this ministry. By giving instruction, pastors should lead the community to a deeper appreciation of its role in the ministry of consolation and a fuller understanding of the significance of the death of a fellow Christian. Often the community must responds to the anguish voiced by Martha, the sister of Lazarus: "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would never have died" (John 11:21) and must console those who mourn, as Jesus himself consoled Martha: "Your brother will rise again...I am the resurrection and the life: those who believe in me, though they should die, will come to life; and those who are alive and believe in me will never die" (John 11:25-26). The faith of the Christian community in the resurrection of the dead brings support and strength to those who suffer the loss of those whom they love. Members of the community should console the mourners wit words of faith and support and with acts of kindness. (Order of Christian Funerals, #10)

The Bereavement Ministry at St. Paul Parish seeks to offer its support to those experiencing and mourning the death of a loved one by

    • assisting families at the time of the passing of a loved one with the details of planning a funeral liturgy. Members of this group will meet with the families and assist them with the liturgical rites
    • organizing and leading bereavement support groups twice a year for those who have experience the passing of a love one
    • planning a yearly remembrance celebrated on the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed on November 2 (All Souls Day)


Anthony Montrone
(609) 924-1743