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 Ann McDonald at 704-543-7677 x 1039.

Volunteer as a Bereavement Minister

In a faith community, no one should grieve alone. 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.

St. Matthew Bereavement Ministers give emotional support and practical help to parish families going through the grieving process. For more information, please call Ann McDonald at 704-543-7677 x 1039 or click on the following documents for more information:

Brochure: You Can Make a Difference
What To Do When a Loved One is Dying

Time commitment of volunteers: Connect with the family once a month for a year. One to two hours initially, then as needed.

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 Ann McDonald at 704-543-7677, x 1039.

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 Ann McDonald at 704-543-7677 x 1039.

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 1039.