Bereavement Ministry

Month of the Holy Souls


In the church near the Devotional Shrine Wall, we will have a memorial area with tables for framed photos of all of our loved ones who have died.  Beginning the first weekend of November, You are invited to bring a photo of your loved one and place it on one of the tables. 


The photos will be on display in the church for the month of November.  Please be sure to place a note on the back of the frame with your name and phone number.  At the end of the month, you will be asked to pick up the photo and take it back home with you. 


Our hope in having this special memorial area and is to assure you that your loved one and your family are loved and not forgotten here in the community of St. Mary.

Please join us for


All Soul’s Day Mass

Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00pm. 

All of the individual names of our beloved deceased who have had their funeral at St. Mary in the past year will be included in prayer at that mass.


Prayer for Our Beloved Dead


Almighty God and Father,

it is our certain faith that your Son,

who died on the cross,

was raised from the dead,

the first fruits of all

who have fallen asleep.

 

Grant that through this mystery

your servants,

who have gone to their rest in Christ,

may share in the joy of his resurrection.

 

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

BEREAVEMENT

"At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of Baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end, nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting Word of God and the Sacrament of the Eucharist."

Order of Christian Funerals, no. 4


It is our goal to be companions for the bereaved, from the time of their loved one’s death, until the time that they are no longer in need of our support. 


Bereavement ministers work with the family in the planning of the wake service, funeral Mass, and burial rites. Those who share in the work of the Bereavement Ministry provide caring support for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Follow-up pastoral care after the funeral is also provided.


If you would like more information about funerals at St. Mary of the Annunciation, please contact

Diane Mulroe, Director of Human Concerns

dmulroe@stmota.org | 847-223-0010



GRIEF SUPPORT:


HELP SOMEONE IN GRIEF


HELPING YOURSELF HEAL WHEN YOUR SPOUSE DIES


TALKING TO CHILDREN AND TEENS ABOUT DEATH


*Register for the Finding Hope/Healing Hearts group


FINDING HOPE/HEALING HEARTS TESTIMONIALS




INFORMATION ON CREMATION:

Click here for the New Vatican Instructions regarding Cremation.


Click here for FAQs regarding Cremation.



CARING FOR LOVED ONES AT LIFE’S END