Serving the Spiritual Needs of Parents Whose Children of Any Age Have Died by Any Cause — No Matter How Long Ago
Of all the pains that life can hand us, arguably one of the most searing is the death of a child. As Jesus joined his distraught disciples on the road to Emmaus after his crucifixion, we ask him to join each of us in this ministry as we continue on our difficult journeys from grief to the healing peace that we, like Jesus’ disciples, can find in the Eucharistic community.
To meet the spiritual needs of Catholic parents whose children of any age have died by any cause—no matter how long ago—the Family Life Office offers The Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents. A unique, faith-based program providing spiritual retreats for grieving parents offered by grieving parents, the Emmaus Ministry offers a safe place where one can find peace, comfort, and hope, at least for a time.
This fall, the Family Life Office, in collaboration with the Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents (www.emfgp.org), is offering retreats and programs in English and en español, both in-person and virtually.
Full-day, in-person spiritual retreats, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm:
How do we effectively minister to grief-stricken parents?
“Come and See” – October 6, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.
A one-hour Zoom information session for anyone interested, such as pastors, deacons, bereavement facilitators, grieving parents, etc. Contact Sue DiSisto at 646-794-3191 or email@example.com.
One-hour Midweek Reflection-plus-Discussions on Zoom, 8 pm – 9 pm.
For information about the Midweek Reflections, press HERE.
October 19: Ellen and Michael Walker, parents of Michael
Michael and Ellen have been married for 46 years and are the parents of three sons. Their eldest son, Michael, passed away 11 years ago at the age of 29. “As we grieved the physical loss of our beloved son, we received many spiritual gifts that helped us in our healing process. We attempt to share what we have learned and experienced with other grieving parents, so that they do not feel that they walk alone in this process.” For information, press HERE. To register, press HERE.
November 9 (en español): Father Luis Saldana
Father Luis Saldana of the Archdiocese of New York is pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, 754 E. Gun Hill Road, Bronx, NY. For information, press HERE. To register, press HERE.
Noviembre 9 (en español): Padre Luis Saldaña
Padre Luis Saldaña de la Arquidiócesis de Nueva York es pastor de la parroquia Inmaculada Concepción, 754 E. Gun Hill Road, Bronx, NY. Para información, presione AQUÍ. Para inscribirse, presione AQUÍ.
April 19, 2023: Father Bill Cosgrove
Father Bill Cosgrove of the Archdiocese of New York is pastor of St. Augustine’s, 118 Main St., New City. Registration to come.
For information in the Spanish language, contact Yorleni Tavarez-Sanchez, Bilingual Marriage and Family Life Specialist at Yorleni.Tavarez-Sanchez@archny.org or 646-794-3199. To see our Programas en Espanol, press HERE.
Para obtener información en Español, comuníquese con Yorleni Tavarez-Sanchez, Especialista Bilingüe en Matrimonio y Vida Familiar a Yorleni.Tavarez-Sanchez@archny.org o al 646-794-3199. Para ver nuestros Programas en Español, presione AQUÍ.
For information, contact Sue DiSisto, Parenting and Family Life Education Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (646) 794-3191.
For further information about retreats in and around New England, and to find out what happens at retreats, visit www.emfgp.org