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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 Allyson Casingal at 704-543-7677 x 1007. For information to help you as you go through the grieving process, click here.

Volunteer on the Bereavement Team

Are you being called to help others who have lost a loved one? Has someone been there for you when you went through the mourning process? Please consider joining the Bereavement Ministry to help those who are suffering a loss. The St. Matthew Bereavement Team gives emotional support and practical help to parish families going through the grieving process. The funeral Mass team assists with funerals on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Ballantyne campus.

For more information, contact Bereavement Coordinator Allyson Casingal 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