Helping Our Parishioners EnRoute ... "YOU ARE NOT ALONE"
While every deep sorrow affects our hearts in a very private and personal way, we need not suffer alone in our grief. Members of HOPE Ministry offer bereavement support at a time of a loss, during the wake and funeral, and in the first year after the death of a family member from St. Michael’s Parish. Bereavement is a normal reaction to loss. It is our hope that no parishioner would have to endure this pain alone.
- HOPE Ministry members are willing to offer compassionate support along the road of life’s healing journey. All members have themselves experienced the loss of a loved one and also walked the grieving/healing journey. We do not come with answers nor to take away the pain, but with time and patience are willing to be loving listeners.
- HOPE is there for parishioners and their families from the planning of the funeral, to attendance at the funeral home, to serving the luncheon afterwards. But it does not end there. They offer support, telephone calls, visits to surviving spouse/children, a card ministry to parishioners whose deceased family member is buried from another parish, and group support through a six-week education and sharing program entitled HOPE. A significant part of their ministry is the annual Memorial Mass for deceased parishioners and family members of parishioners who have died in the past year.
- In addition to their bereavement services, they also participate in and enjoy activities such as preparing gift bags for families of Hospice patients. This project was done in conjunction with Stark County Hospice.
If you are interested in becoming involved in this vital and loving ministry, please contact the parish office at 330-492-3119.