Bereavement Ministry

The Bereavement Ministry 
Mission Statement: To serve the parish and support individuals and families who grieve the death of a loved one in and through a ministry of prayer, presence and education.
To serve those who have lost a loved one the Bereavement Ministry will:
•    Send a sympathy card to the family at the time of death 
•    Deliver a comfort bag to the bereaved
•    Plan the ‘Mass of Remembrance” on All Souls Day November 2nd. 
•    Plan the “Blue Christmas” prayer service in December. 
•    Plan the “Loss of a Child” prayer service in May.
•    Arrange for a professional counselor to facilitate a twice yearly 7 week group support program. (Ministry members do not participate in the group). 
•    Arrange special Grief workshops throughout the year as needed
To find out more about our offerings or how to be involved, please email your request to, or leave a message at the Parish Center, 908-464-1585, and we will contact you.


Calendar of events:

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Journey Through Bereavement

Walking Together In Christ to Heal


September 24th


Morning Session: 9:30 am - 1 pm

Focuses on estrangement as we come together to heal from feelings of hurt and rejection.

Afternoon Session: 1 pm - 5:30 pm

Focuses on the journey through grief, no matter how long it has been since you experienced the death of a loved one.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be served. There is no cost to participate and one does not need to be a parishioner or even Catholic.

For more information, please contact:

Click here to register

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Journey Through Grief - Bereavement Support Group

Journey Through Bereavement


Dates: Weekly Tuesday Sessions September 27th - November 15th

Time: 1 pm - 2:30 pm

Location: Bernauer Parish Center Upper Level Multi-purpose Room


There is no cost to participate and one does not need to be a parishioner or even Catholic. Spaced is limited. Expectation is that one must plan to attend all the sessions.

For more information or to register, please contact:

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Mass of Remembrance

Journey Through Bereavement


Date: November 2, 2022

Time: 7:30 pm

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Blue Christmas

Journey Through Bereavement

Date: December 11, 2022

Time: 3 pm

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Loss of a Child Service

Journey Through Bereavement


Date: May 21, 2023

Time: 2 pm

Date and time subject to change