The Hope Ministry was formerly referred to as the Grieving Committee.
The parish provides emotional and practical support to people who have suffered a death in their family. Volunteers prepare and serve an after-funeral luncheon for the people who have lost a loved one.
Since funerals are not planned, many times this takes place during normal working hours so these volunteers are generally stay at home parishioners, whether raising children or retired.
There are several ways one can participate in helping with this ministry.
First and foremost is the need for members to lead the ministry and coordinate the functions. Since this is such a critical need it is suggested a team of two to three be main contacts for the ministry so someone is always available.
Another couple of members might be the ones that call the other members to request the food for the function.
Other parishioners may be members that are called and asked to provide an item of food for the meal and deliver to the campus building the function will be held in. The more members in this category allows for all to share the opportunity to provide and not always be the same ones providing the food.
Other members are asked to serve the meal to the parishioners, family and guests of the deceased.
Setup / Teardown:
Still others can assist in the setup and teardown for the function. This might include making the coffee, tea, setting and clearing the tables, doing dishes, cleaning the kitchen, etc.
For more information please contact: