Bereavement Ministry

“Blessed are those who weep and mourn for they shall be comforted.”

Purpose

The Bereavement Ministry of St. Valentine Parish is intended to serve parish families who have lost a loved one to death. The members of the ministry are trained to offer comfort and support to the grieving families of the St. Valentine community by giving them our time, listening to their thoughts and sharing their tears.

 

What is the Scope of the Ministry?

The members of the Bereavement Ministry reach out to grieving families with comfort and support by personally visiting the families in time of need and offering to help plan the Liturgical aspects of the Funeral Mass or Blessing Service. paying their respects at the funeral home, attending the Funeral Mass, singing in the Resurrection Choir.


What does it mean to grieve?

 “Grief is the other side of the coin of love.” (Rabbi Earl Grollman)

Simply stated, grief happens because we love; because we care. Grief is the normal, natural, necessary response to a significant loss. The more significant the loss, the more acute the grief response. Grief represents a set of behaviors and feelings that are normal reactions to major loss and change. Please contact us if we can offer love, comfort and support to your family!

 

How can I join this wonderful ministry to the bereaved?

If you wish to join in the Ministry to the Bereaved, please express your desired to one the members of The St. Valentine Bereavement Ministry or speak personally with our pastor. Proper training and instruction will be provided.

 

Chairman: Pat Babyak
svoffice@comcast.net

Minister of Music: Daniel F. Kovacic
412-835-7720
dfkovacic@gmail.com