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. For more information, call  Bereavement Coordinator Rita Brennan at 704-543-7677, x 1007.

Getting Through the Holidays  Holidays can be hard for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, especially when it has been recent. While others are preparing to celebrate the upcoming holidays, are you grieving the absence of a person who was very much a part of your celebration in the past? Where can you turn to express your personal feelings without a sense of guilt for bringing gloom into what others see as a rosy picture? If you wish to join Msgr. McSweeney and members of our Bereavement Ministry for an evening of sharing with others who have suffered a similar loss. Please call Rita Brennan at 704-543-7677 x 1007.

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 12, 2015, from 2 to 4 pm 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 pm in New Life Center Room 119. For more information please contact Frank Pennachio at 704-654-1082.

Grieving the Loss of a Spouse  Support group for widowed persons. Meets the second Monday of each month from 11 am to 12:30 pm 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 pm in 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.