Bereavement Ministry of Consolation
St. Matthew Bereavement Ministry of Consolation, a part of Pastoral Care, strives to live in the image of Jesus Christ who wept with those who mourned. We believe that in our faith community, no one should grieve alone. To that end we pray for and with each family that loses a loved one and attempt to bring comfort and consolation to all the bereaved. For information to help you as you go through the grieving process, click here. To learn more about planning a Catholic funeral, click here. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Bereavement Coordinator Rita Brennan at 704-543-7677 x 1007.
Volunteer as a Bereavement Minister
In a faith community, no one should grieve alone. The Bereavement Ministry is always looking for compassionate people to help with the bereaved. Was someone there to help you when you lost a loved one? Do you wish someone had been? You can be that special person for someone else. For more information, please call Rita Brennan at 704-543-7677 x 1007.
Bereavement Ministry Training – Are you being called to help others who have lost a loved one? Has someone been there for you when you went through the grieving and mourning process? Please consider joining the Bereavement Ministry to help those who are suffering. Training is on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in New Life Center Room 132/125. For more information, call Bereavement Coordinator Rita Brennan at 704-543-7677, x1007.
End-of-Life Issues Seminar – Come and hear speakers including an attorney, funeral home/cemetery representative, columbarium representative, funeral Liturgy representative and Monsignor McSweeney. They will inform you of what has to be done at the end of life. Make sure your “affairs” are all in order so that your loved ones don’t have to make hard decisions when they are grieving. Join us Sunday, March 23, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the New Life Center Banquet Room.
Men’s Support Group – for all men who have lost a loved one. Meets on the first and third Monday of each month (unless a holiday) from 7 to 9 p.m. in New Life Center Room 119. For more information please contact Frank Pennachio at 704-243-6132.
Healing Hearts – support group for widowed persons. Meets the second Monday of each month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in New Life Center Room 102, the Parish Library.
Compassionate Friends – support group for parents who have lost a child. Meets the third Tuesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. in the New Life Center Room 234/235.
Elizabeth Ministry – one-on-one peer ministry for those who have lost an infant, pre-term or at birth. For more information please contact the Bereavement Ministry office at 704-543-7677 x 1007.
Bereaved Mom's Prayer and Share – meets the fourth Wednesday of each month following the 7:30 p.m. Mass. Please check the bulletin for room number or call Marie Roberts at 704-651-8329.