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
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.