The Ministry of Bereavement at St. Norbert Parish offers caring support to parishioners who have suffered the loss of a loved one through death. Once the church is notified of a death by a funeral home, the Director of the Ministry of Bereavement will assigned a Minister of Bereavement to meet and pray with the family, providing the love and support of St. Norbert Parish. The minister will guide the family in the preparation of a meaningful funeral mass or memorial service. Music, Readings and Intentions will be selected and, Gift bearers, Readers and Eucharistic Ministers will be chosen. The Minister of Bereavement will coordinate everything with the Priest, Funeral Director, and Music Director, before and during the service.
Role of a Minister of Bereavement
The Ministers of Bereavement walk the journey of grief with the bereaved family members. The key roles of a Bereavement Minister include:
- Assist with the planning of the Funeral Mass or Memorial Service Liturgy
- Support and Comfort families
- Provide Grief and Bereavement publications and Referrals to local grief support groups to the family
- Help annually with the Feast of All Souls Memorial Mass that occurs on November 2nd.
Adult men and women who feel called to assist and support families who have lost a beloved member through death are asked to volunteer for this ministry. Volunteers are interviewed by the Director of Bereavement prior to attending a 14-hour training sponsored by Catholic Cemeteries to learn the theological and the spiritual foundation of the Bereavement Ministry.
Volunteers are requested to:
- Be “on call” at any time to assist a bereaved family.
- Attend periodically scheduled in-service meetings to; pray together, increase pastoral skills and strengthen the bond of the ministry team.
- Participate in morning “Reflections” with three surrounding parishes for spiritual enrichment and education, one to two times per year.
- Serve a minimum of three years. Ministerial renewal is reconfirmed yearly with the Director.