Bereavement Ministry

St. Joseph Bereavement Ministry, the first group established in the Diocese of Venice over 21 years ago, is a very important and necessary part of our parish scene!  When a death occurs in a family, one of our planners calls and offers help in any way possible.

We usually meet with the family, offer condolences on behalf of the parish, then assist with the family's participation in the Mass if they so choose.  We assist with chices of readings, music, offeratory procession participation and displaying photos and other memorabilia.  We have a booklet containing appropriate readings.  Readers can be family, friends or one of our readers.  Families and friends can also choose to do a short eulogy, which can be read before the Mass begins.

A very important part of the ministry ts to attend Funeral Masses.  A few weeks aftr the funeral, we follow up with a phone call to see how the bereaved are doing.  It is a beautiful ministry and we welcome new members.

For more information please call 756-3732.