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The death of a family member or friend confronts us with one of life’s most difficult and painful challenges. The Pastoral Bereavement Program of the Archdiocese of New York is the Church’s response to God’s call to comfort those who mourn. The program began more than 20 years ago and has grown to include over 50 parishes throughout the Archdiocese of New York.

Parish-based bereavement support groups, facilitated by trained volunteers, are the cornerstone of our Pastoral Bereavement Program. Our bereavement ministers are lay people, deacons and religious who have been trained in bereavement ministry and who are committed to their work with the bereaved. Many of our volunteers have been called to this ministry through their own experience of loss, while others are very active in parish-based ministry and have recognized the need for programs to support those who are grieving. The support groups typically meet in a parish setting and are open to people of all faiths. While the support groups vary in format and meeting dates, our bereavement ministers’ goal is to provide a safe place where the bereaved can share their experiences with others, learn about the process of grief and be supported by their Church family during a difficult time.

Support Groups by County:


Church of St. Barnabas

409 East 241st Street

Bronx, NY  10470



Church of St. Benedict

2969 Otis Avenue

Bronx, NY  10465



Church of St. Frances de Chantal

190 Hollywood Avenue

Bronx NY  10465



Church of St. Francis of Rome

307 Barnes Avenue

Bronx, NY 10466



Church of St. Helena

1315 Olmstead Avenue

Bronx, NY  10462


Dutchess County

Church of St. Mary

106 Jackson Street

Fishkill, NY 12524


*Offers Children’s Group


St. Columba Roman Catholic Church

835 Route 82

Hopewell Junction, NY 12533



Church of Regina Coeli

Two Harvey Street

Hyde Park, NY  12538



Church of St. Kateri Tekakwitha

1925 Route 82

LaGrangeville, NY  12540



Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

11 Mount Carmel Place

Poughkeepsie, NY  12601



Church of St. Martin de Porres

118 Cedar Valley Road

Poughkeepsie, NY  12603



Church of St. Francis of Assisi

135 West 31st Street



Church of the Blessed Sacrament

152 West 71st Street

New York, NY  10023



Church of St. Charles Borromeo

211 West 141st Street

New York, NY  10030



St. Monica-St. Elizabeth of Hungary-St. Stephen of Hungary

413 East 79th Street

New York, NY 10075

(212) 288-6250


Our Lady of Sorrows Church

213 Stanton Street

New York, NY 10002

(212) 673-0900

Orange County

Church of the Holy Rosary

41 Windemere Avenue

Greenwood Lake, NY  10925



Church of the Sacred Heart

301 Ann Street

Newburgh, NY  12550



St. Thomas Of Cantebury/St. Joseph Parish

340 Hudson Street

Cornwall on Hudson, NY  12520



Church of St. Stephen

75 Sanfordville Road

Warwick, NY  10990


*Offers Adult’s Group and Adolescent’s Group


Church of St. Columba

27 High Street

Chester, NY  10918


Putnam County

Church of St. Lawrence O’Toole

31 Prospect Street

Brewster, NY 10509


*Offers Peri-Natal Group

Rockland County

Church of St. Gregory Barbarigo

21 Cinder Road

Garnerville, NY  10923


Church of St. Margaret of Antioch

115 W Central Avenue

Pearl River, NY 10965

(845) 735-4746


Church of St. Augustine

140 Maple Avenue

New City, NY  10956



Church of St. Francis of Assisi

128 Parrot Road

West Nyack, NY  10994



Marian Shrine

174 Filors Lane

Stony Point, NY 10980


Staten Island

Church of the Holy Child

4747 Amboy Road

Staten Island, NY  10312



Church of the Holy Family

366 Watchogue Road

Staten Island, NY  10314



Church of the Holy Rosary

80 Jerome Avenue

Staten Island, NY  10305



Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea

5371 Amboy Road

Staten Island, NY  10312



Church of St. Charles

644 Clawson Street

Staten Island, NY  10306



Church of St. Clare

110 Nelson Avenue

Staten Island, NY  10308


Sullivan County

None listed. To begin a Support Group, contact our office at 646-794-3185.

Ulster County

Church of Saint Joseph

242 Wall Street

Kingston, NY 12401



Church of St Mary- St Peter

160 Broadway

Kingston, NY 12401


Westchester County

Church of St. Augustine

18 Cherry Avenue

Larchmont, NY  10538

(914) 834-1220


Church of the Holy Name of Jesus

75 Lispenard Avenue

New Rochelle, NY  10801



Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

559 Pelham Manor Road

Pelham Manor, NY  10803

(914) 738-1449


Church of the Holy Innocents

431 Bedford Road

Pleasantville, NY  10570

(914) 769-0025


Church of the Immaculate Conception

53 Winter Hill Road

Tuckahoe, NY  10707

(914) 961-3643


Church of St. Ann

854 Midland Avenue

Yonkers, NY  10704

(914) 965-1555


Church of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

1377 E Main Street

Shrub Oak, NY 10588

(914) 528-3547


Church of St. Joseph

15 Cedar Street

Bronxville, NY  10708

(914) 337-1660


Church of St. Patrick

137 Moseman Road

Yorktown Heights, NY  10598

(914) 962-5050

Contact Us

Vincent DaSilva, Assoc. Director – Family Life

Sue DiSisto, Emmaus Ministry Retreats for Grieving Parents