Grief Ministry

During this time of pandemic many can be experiencing stress and filled with worry. We turn to our faith in God in these moments and sometimes talking and praying with a brother or sister in faith is just what we need to ease our mind when we are struggling. The sharing of our faith and the accompaniment of one another on the journey is a core value of the Archdiocese. If you would like to talk, pray or otherwise faith share with a representative of our Local Church, please respond to the email address below and leave your contact information with a preference of time to be called. One of our prayer team members will reach out to you. May God bless you and ease your suffering.  We are here for you and look forward to connecting.

Please contact us at: [email protected] 

 

Grief Ministry

Healing Service – Tuesday September 14, 2021, 7pm in the Chapel at the Cardinal Rigali Center

Compassion Groups

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Compassion Group for all those who have lost a CHILD.  If you are interested in coming together to share and heal from the loss of a child, the Catholic Renewal Center if offering monthly meetings the first Tuesday of the month 7pm to 9pm  OR the last Saturday of the month 9am to 11am. The meetings will take place at the Catholic Renewal Center 1406 S. Sappington Rd, St. Louis 63126.  This group is facilitated by Dolly Rhodes.  Please register with Jane Guenther at [email protected] or at 314-792-7734.

Compassion Group for all those who have lost a SPOUSE.  If you are interested in coming together to share and heal from the loss of a spouse, the Catholic Renewal Center if offering monthly meetings the first Tuesday of the month 7pm to 9pm OR the last Saturday of the month 9am to 11am.  The meetings will take place at the Catholic Renewal Center 1406 S. Sappington Rd, St. Louis 63126.  This group is facilitated by Patty Kernell.  Please register with Jane Guenther at [email protected] or at 314-792-7734.

 

 

Seasons of Hope Support Group Offerings

Seasons of Hope is a scriptural approach to grief. We are offering trainings for this program four times a year. For more information, please contact Jane Guenther at 314.792.7734.

 
Annunciation (Webster Groves)
Mary Hittler, [email protected]
314.277.5116

We are offering Seasons of Hope on the first and third Tuesday of the month during the summer at Klocker House 43 Short Ave. Webster Groves, MO 63119 at 7 pm on Annunciation's property. On June 1, we are starting Season Two, Session One.

Incarnate Word (Chesterfield)
New summer schedule July 6 thru August 10. Tue evenings 7-9 PM.
Deacon Ron Reuther, [email protected]
636.675.1364

Our Lady of Lourdes (Washington)
Mary Catherine Williams, [email protected]
810.523.9878

St. Joseph (Cottleville)                                 

Seasons of Hope

We meet on Saturday mornings at 10 am in the Parish Center.
Kathy Merrell, [email protected]
636.441.0569

St. Charles Borromeo (St. Charles)                        
Marilyn Lucido, 636-946-2511 or
Mary Kutchback 636-675-9227 [email protected]
Steve Cave 314-575-0490
 

St. Justin Martyr (Sunset Hills)                   
Mary Wainscott, [email protected]
314.420.7475

                         

St. Mary Magdalen (Brentwood)
Pat Burch, [email protected]
314.604.7848

St. Paul (St. Paul, MO) 
Mary Hargadine, [email protected]
314.378.3217

Washington University (St. Louis, MO) - The meetings will be held in the Sunroom at the Catholic Student Center. To sign up or to get more information, contact Mary Pat Henehan, DMin. at [email protected].

Seasons of Hope offers people an opportunity to come together to share in God's love and to explore mourning through Scripture, prayer, reflection activities, and faith sharing.

If you know of other parishes offering grief support, please contact [email protected]. Please note that the following are a list of small groups. Many parishes also operate grief support phone trees, letter campaigns, and other services. Check with your parish to see if they offer such a program.


Other Group Offerings
Mary, Queen of Peace (Webster Groves)
Unspecified program
676 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119
Third Monday of every month, from 6-7:30 p.m. Contact Mary Ann Zimmerman (school nurse and pastoral associate) 314.961.2891 ext. 221                                                                                                                                                                                               

Queen of All Saints (Oakville)
Variety of ministries for widows and widowers of all ages
6603 Christopher Dr., St. Louis, MO 63129
Contact the parish office at 314.846.8207, or Darlene Florek at 314.293.3322 or [email protected] for help finding the group that is right for you!

 

Sacred Heart, Valley Park 
Simple Steps Bereavement Group

Grief Share – From Mourning to Joy 

Session April 15-July15, another session starting Sept. 15
17 Ann Ave., Valley Park, MO 63088
weekly Thursday morning session 10am-noon, evening session 7-9pm
Morning session contact Jeanice Geis 314.398.7557 [email protected], or Suzie Henke at 636.343.1131 morning session            

Evening session contact Ann MarieSchwein 314.630.7755

Sts. Joachim and Ann (St. Charles)

Session starting Sept. 29 Wednesdays 7pm

Church meeting room
4112 McClay Rd., St. Charles, MO 63304
Contact Jeanie Potts 636.939.3428  [email protected]

Other Group Offerings
 

Resources

Ministries

Annie's Hope Bereavement Center provides comprehensive support services for children, teens, and their families who are grieving. Call 314.965.5015 or visit their website at www.annieshope.org.

Elizabeth Ministry Life & Loss Institute provides enrichment through its consultations, website, speaker's bureau, conferences, retreats, programs, and trainings. For more information, please visit their website at www.elizabethministry.org.

Good Mourning Ministry is a resource to Catholic parishes and to those who are mourning the loss of a loved one.  Visit their website at www.goodmourningministry.net.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.  Call 1.800.273.8255 or visit their website at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Project Rachel & Project Joseph provide healing and hope to women and men wounded by abortion.  Call 314.792.7565 or visit the website at www.archstl.org/respect-life-apostolate.   

Augustine Institute CDs & MP3s

15 Things to Do in the Midst of Suffering (CD/MP3) - Jeff Cavins  

Suffering is a mystery we all face at some time in our lives. Whether it is physical, emotional, or spiritual, it will test our faith. Internationally known speaker Jeff Cavins shares personal insights he gained through his own physical pain. He shows us how we can join our sufferings with those of Jesus on the cross, bringing renewed meaning to the suffering we experience in our lives.

Making Sense Out of Suffering (CD/MP3) - Dr. Scott Hahn      

 We all experience suffering at some time in our lives. Our tribulations range from small disappointments to serious tragedies. Listen as scripture scholar and lay theologian, Dr. Scott Hahn, makes sense out of suffering by drawing from the wisdom and insight of God's Word. He helps us find the meaning of our suffering by showing us how to unite it to the suffering of Christ on the cross.

Love Hurts: The Truth Behind Redemptive Suffering (CD/MP3) - Matthew Leonard  

In this presentation, Matthew Leonard focuses on the new idea of love proclaimed by Christ and how it gives meaning to human suffering, penance, and ultimately death.

Recommended Books

From Grief to Grace by Jeannie Ewing

Heaven, the Heart's Deepest Longing by Peter Kreeft

Making Sense Out of Suffering (Free Paperback) by Peter Kreeft

Surviving Depression: A Catholic Approach by Kathryn J. Hermes

A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis

Turn My Mourning into Dancing: Finding Hope in Hard Times by Henri Nouwen

Letters to John Paul: A Mother Discovers God's Love in Her Suffering Child by Elena Kilner

Grieving with Mary: Finding Comfort and Healing in Devotion to the Mother of God by Mary K. Doyle

Mourning a Miscarriage: Prayers for a Couple Grieving the Death of Their Unborn Child (An Elizabeth Ministry International Resource)

Miscarriage: A Book for Parents (A Centering Corporation Resource)

Pastoral Guide: Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Newborn Loss (An Elizabeth Ministry International Resource)

Article(s)

Dealing with the Loss of a Loved One by Fr. Eamon Tobin

 

If you would like more information on specific Bereavement resources, please contact Jane Guenther at 314.792.7734 or [email protected].