“Christ’s resurrection not only offers us the certainty of life beyond death, it also shows us the true meaning of death. We die as we live: if our lives were lived in loving union with God, we will be able to abandon ourselves serenely and confidently into his hands at the moment of our death. Our Lord frequently tells us to be watchful, knowing that our life in this world is a preparation for the life to come.”
Pope Francis
27 November 2013
SERVICE: Taking Care of His Suffering Body

Bereavement

The Risen Christ in our midst is the “firstborn of the dead” (Col 1:18). Through the light of his Resurrection, St. John’s parishioners can offer their hope and care for those who grieve the loss of a loved one.

Parishioners are encouraged to call a parish priest first when a family member has died, even before the funeral director or cemetery manager. The priests can offer the consolation of the Church, and guidance on the Vigil, Funeral Mass and burial in the sacred grounds of a cemetery.

Vigils, or wakes, in the Church are welcome at St. John’s. The rectory staff can help you coordinate the Funeral readings, music and hospitality after the burial.

Parishioners who would like to participate in the St. John’s bereavement ministry can help by:

-attending the Vigil, Funeral and Burial on behalf of the parish community

-praying for the deceased and their loved ones

-serving as ushers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Funerals

-preparing, coordinating and serving meals after the Funeral Mass and burial

-following up with bereaved family members, especially during the first year

If you are interested in participating in this important parish ministry, contact Carol Kinnahan in the rectory.


Bereavement Support Groups sponsored by HOLY CROSS HOME CARE & HOSPICE will begin Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.  Weekly support group meetings are designed to support anyone who is grieving the death of a loved one.  The Seven Week Session Groups are held at: The Holy Cross Resource Center, 9805 Dameron Drive, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20902.  All groups are free-of-charge, and open to anyone in the Greater Washington area.  Registration is required. For more information or to register, call Cathy Cooper, MSW, or Fran Zamore, MSW, Bereavement Program Coordinators, Holy Cross Home Care & Hospice, (301) 754-7742.

Resources:
End of Life Issues
Prayers for the Dying
The Catholic way of death and burial
Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Washington
 

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St. John's Faithful Departed

Please pray for the souls of all the faithful departed of our parish, especially those who have most recently passed into eternal life.
 

Prayer for Souls

Eternal Father, I offer you the most precious Blood of your divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the word today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home and within my own family. Amen

-St. Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)


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