St. Matthew Bereavement Ministry, 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.

To learn more about planning a Catholic Funeral Mass, please contact Bereavement Coordinator Jane Brock at 704-543-7677 x 1007. For information to help you as you go through the grieving process, click here.

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 Jane Brock at 704-543-7677 x 1007 or click on the following documents for more information:

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

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 Jane Brock 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 Jane Brock and members of our Bereavement Ministry during the month of November for an evening of sharing with others who have suffered a similar loss. Please call Jane Brock at 704-543-7677 x 1007.

Elizabeth Ministry

One-on-one peer ministry for registered parishioners 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.

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. For more information, visit