Our Bereavement Ministry at St. Alphonsus is two-fold. The first group meets with the family to plan the funeral liturgy. They also coordinate funerals with the funeral home director at the church. The second group provides food and drink if desired by the family.
We have four teams that rotate weekly to meet with families that have lost a loved one. The meeting take place at the church at the convenience of the family and the Bereavement Team. It is at that meeting that the readings, songs, and other decisions are made.
After the meeting, the Bereavement team will make the necessary calls and will then be present at the church during the funeral. They also follow up with the families after the funerals.
Our Bereavement Food Ministry also has four teams that take turns providing a meal for 12-15 people including paper goods, food and drinks. The meal is brought to the church the morning of the funeral, and family or friends of the deceased pick up the food from the church. Please note that due the office being closed on Saturdays, we do not provide meals for funerals occurring that day.
The Bereavement Ministry is part of our Parish Health Ministry and the Parish Nurse oversees and takes care of the needs of the ministers.