Grieving may be the hardest work you have ever
And hard work is less burdensome when others
lend a hand.
The loss of a loved one can be quite traumatic. Healing takes time, yet with
the proper support from others, it can be far less painful. We want to help you
cope with the feelings you experience during a time of bereavement. If you have experienced a loss in your family, let us pray for you and help
you through the process. Please let us know when you suffer loss, so that we can
connect you to the support you need during this difficult time. If you or someone you know is currently bereaved, please contact
Father Freitas or at 519 658-4443 information.
We would like to help.
Handling the Holidays
Facing the Christmas season can be very difficult and challenging for
those who are grieving the death of someone they loved. You are invited to
an informal gathering on Monday, December 11, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:30
p.m. in St Mary's Parish Centre. Come in a spirit of prayer; join
others as we discuss ways to help prepare for Christmas with hope.
Blessed are those who mourn for
they shall be comforted. Mt 5:4
This small group format is a compassionate, caring
environment dedicated to help you thru the process of loss, grief and
emptiness. For more information, contact the
parish office. Registration will be limited to ensure
everyone receives the care they need. Join us today - we have a spot
waiting for you.
Our parish community seeks to reach out to families in
At the time of Loss
Funeral Luncheons: The Ladies of our parish host and prepare a lunch
for all families where a funeral Mass is celebrated at our parish church. This
is done upon request of the family. Contact
our parish office for details
Resurrection Choir: All celebrations of life in our parish church
(Funeral Masses or Liturgies) have the presence of our Resurrection Choir which
offers their musical talents. They are accompanied by an organist. Families are
most welcome to help choose hymns.
Mass Cards: It remains the custom of Catholics, on the occasion of death, to request that
a Mass be offered for the deceased. Although there is no cost for such a
request, the usual offering made to the parish in Hamilton Diocese is $10.00.
The presentation of a Mass card to the bereaved is one of the most beautiful
expressions of sympathy we can offer to those who mourn. It is also a powerful
expression of our faith in the Lordís promise of eternal life and a loving
gift to the faithful departed. A Mass for the deceased may be requested at any
time and is a fitting way to remember our brothers and sisters who have gone
before us on the anniversary of their death and on other special occasions. To
request a Mass you can contact our Parish
Parish Centre "Living Tree": Did
you know that it is still possible to obtain a leaf on the Parish Centre
"Living Tree"! This is an opportunity for parishioners to make
donations either in the name of deceased loved ones, themselves or others, with
a decorative plaque to be placed in our Parish Centre to remember both the
legacy of faith of the pioneers of our community, as well as our own current
contribution to building our community. Please see the special forms at the
Church Entrance and consider being a part of building a place for everyone. Contact
our parish office for details
Following the Loss
We keep in contact with each family. A card from our community, and a copy of
the homily by our Pastor follow shortly, as does a call to see if there are
needs. Families are encouraged to keep in contact with the parish and to seek
assistance if required. Our parish Neighbourhood
Ministry will also reach out to you.
Annually, on the Feast of All Souls, we offer our parish Memorial Mass.
The name of each parishioner whose funeral liturgy was celebrated in our parish
during the past year is read and remembered. Families members receive a token of
remembrance at the conclusion of our the Mass. Our Resurrection Choir and Ladies
of the parish are once again present and host. Each family is given a gift at
this time in order to help them remember their loved one.
You are also encouraged to offer Masses for the Deceased. From the
very beginning, the Church has honoured the memory of the dead and offered
prayers for them, above all, the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, purified, they
may have the beatific vision of God. (see Catechism of the Catholic Church,
no. 1032). Indeed, St. Ambrose (d.397) preached: "We have loved them during
life; let us not abandon them in death, until we have conducted them by our
prayers into the house of the Lord." To request a Mass you can contact our Parish
We also encourage you to consider reaching out. In addition to our
Grief Relief Small Group; there are some
excellent resources; Hospice
of Waterloo Region
Our parish family also has access to a professional counselor (Social Worker
trained in care for those grieving); if interested in this contact please email
A CATHOLIC FUNERAL
Cemeteries of Hamilton Diocese
Did you know that it is our tradition to celebrate the funeral liturgy for
Catholics in the church? It is our custom to celebrate the Funeral Mass in the
church with the body present. When it is not possible to have the body
present, the cremated remains may be brought to the church.
Sometimes family members who are not Catholic or who have abandoned the
practice of their faith feel uncomfortable celebrating a funeral Mass in the
church on behalf of the deceased. In such circumstances it may be appropriate
to celebrate a Liturgy of the Word (without Communion) in the church. A
funeral liturgy for a member of our church at a local funeral home is strongly
It is important that you (as a practicing Catholic) make this information,
as well as your personal wishes, known to your family members and those who
will be responsible for making your funeral arrangements. It is also
recommended that you include these wishes in your will.
WHAT IS GRIEF?
A natural reaction
to a significant loss
A sign - not of
weakness, but of caring
The price we pay
An unwelcome but
A tribute to the
person who died