Bereavement

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.

 

***The next Seasons of Hope Facilitator Training Workshop will be held on Saturday, October 26th, 2019, At the Cardinal Rigali Center from 9:00 a.M. to 2:00 P.M.  R.S.V.P. IS REQUIRED:  please contact Lisa Albrecht at lisaAlbrecht@archstl.org or 314.792.7171.***


Annunciation (Webster Groves)
Mary Hittler, mhittl@sbcglobal.net
314.277.5116

Incarnate Word (Chesterfield)
Fall schedule: Each Tuesday evening from Sept 10 to October 15th at 7pm
Deacon Ron Reuther,
deaconronreuther@yahoo.com
636.675.1364

Our Lady of Lourdes (Washington)
Mary Trefney, marytrefney@sbcglobal.net
810.523.9878

St. Ann (Normandy)
Anjanette Smith, anjanette20smith@gmail.com
314.651.9282

St. Joseph (Cottleville)
Kathy Merrell, kathy_merrell@yahoo.com
636.441.0569

St. Charles Borromeo (St. Charles)
Marilyn Lucido, 636-946-2511 or
Mary Kutchback 636-675-9227 or
Steve Cave 314-575-0490
Thursdays 7pm to 8:30pm
Session 1: September 5th to October 10th
Session 2: October 24th to December 5th (skipping November 28th Thanksgiving)
Session 3: January 9th, 2020 to February 13th, 2020
Session 4: February 27th to April 2nd

St. Justin Martyr (Sunset Hills)
Mary Wainscott, mary@wainscott.org
314.842.1230

St. Mary Magdalen (Brentwood)
Pat Burch, pat_stj@hotmail.com
314.604.7848

St. Michael the Archangel (Shrewsbury)
Val Parker, val_parker@sbcglobal.net

St. Paul (St. Paul, MO) - Session beginning Sept 10 and continuing on Tuesday evenings, 6 to 7:30 PM
Mary Hargadine, maryahargadine@gmail.com
314.378.3217

Washington University (St. Louis, MO) - The fall session begins Monday, September 23, 2019 (3:30 to 5:00 PM). The meetings will be held in the Sunroom at the Catholic Student Center.  Meetings will also be held on the following Mondays: September 30, October 7, October 14, October 21, and October 28.  To sign up or to get more information, contact Mary Pat Henehan, DMin. at mphenehan@gmail.com

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 JaneGuenther@archstl.org. 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 Zimmerman 314.961.2891                                                                                                           

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 florek66dm@yahoo.com for help finding the group that is right for you!

Sacred Heart, Valley Park
Parish-specific program
17 Ann Ave., Valley Park, MO 63088
Second Thursday of every month
Contact Jeanice Geis 314.398.7557, or Suzie Henke at 636.343.1131

Sts. Joachim and Ann, St. Charles

Parish-specific program
4112 McClay Rd., St. Charles, MO 63304
New session beginning April 4, from 7-9 p.m.
Contact Jeanie Potts 636.939.3428

St. Vincent de Paul, Perryville
Unspecified program
1000 Rosati Ct., Perryville, MO 63775
Second Thursday each month at 7 p.m.
Contact Sr. Delores Schilli delores@svdepaul.org

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 JaneGuenther@archstl.org.