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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 Family Life Office serves as a center for the Church’s response to God’s call to comfort those who mourn. The program has a rich history in many parishes throughout the Archdiocese of New York.

Parish-based bereavement support groups, facilitated by trained volunteers, are the cornerstone of our outreach and accompaniment. 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:

Bronx

Church of St. Barnabas

409 East 241st Street

Bronx, NY  10470

718-324-1478

www.stbarnabasbronx.org

 

Church of St. Benedict

2969 Otis Avenue

Bronx, NY  10465

718-828-3403

www.stbenedictchurchny.org

 

Church of St. Frances de Chantal

190 Hollywood Avenue

Bronx NY  10465

718-792-5500

 

Church of St. Francis of Rome

307 Barnes Avenue

Bronx, NY 10466

718-324-5340

 

Church of St. Helena

1315 Olmstead Avenue

Bronx, NY  10462

718-892-3232

www.churchofsthelena.com

Dutchess County

Church of St. Mary

106 Jackson Street

Fishkill, NY 12524

845-896-6400

www.saintmaryschurch-fishkill.org

*Offers Children’s Group

 

St. Columba Roman Catholic Church

835 Route 82

Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

845-227-8380

Stcolumbaonline.org

 

Church of Regina Coeli

Two Harvey Street

Hyde Park, NY  12538

845-229-2134

www.reginacoelihydepark.com

 

Church of St. Kateri Tekakwitha

1925 Route 82

LaGrangeville, NY  12540

(845)-227-1710

saintkateriparish.com

 

Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

11 Mount Carmel Place

Poughkeepsie, NY  12601

845-454-0340

 

Church of St. Martin de Porres

118 Cedar Valley Road

Poughkeepsie, NY  12603

845-473-4222

www.stmartindeporres.org 

Manhattan

Church of St. Francis of Assisi

135 West 31st Street

212-736-8500

www.stfrancisnyc.org

 

Church of the Blessed Sacrament

152 West 71st Street

New York, NY  10023

212-877-3111

www.blessedsacramentnyc.com

 

Church of St. Charles Borromeo

211 West 141st Street

New York, NY  10030

212-281-2100

http://scbrchurch.org

 

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

413 East 79th Street

New York, NY 10075

(212) 288-6250

www.stelmo79.org

 

Our Lady of Sorrows Church

213 Stanton Street

New York, NY 10002

(212) 673-0900

www.olsnyc.org

Orange County

Church of the Holy Rosary

41 Windemere Avenue

Greenwood Lake, NY  10925

845-477-8378

www.holyrosary-ny.org

 

Church of the Sacred Heart

301 Ann Street

Newburgh, NY  12550

845-561-2264

http://sacredheartnewburgh.org/

 

St. Thomas Of Cantebury/St. Joseph Parish

340 Hudson Street

Cornwall on Hudson, NY  12520

845-534-2547

 

Church of St. Stephen

75 Sanfordville Road

Warwick, NY  10990

845-986-4028

*Offers Adult’s Group and Adolescent’s Group

 

Church of St. Columba

27 High Street

Chester, NY  10918

845-469-2108

www.stcolumbachester.com

Putnam County

Church of St. Lawrence O’Toole

31 Prospect Street

Brewster, NY 10509

845-279-2021

www.stlawrenceotoole.org

*Offers Peri-Natal Group

Rockland County

Church of St. Gregory Barbarigo

21 Cinder Road

Garnerville, NY  10923

www.stgregorybarbarigo.org

 

Church of St. Margaret of Antioch

115 W Central Avenue

Pearl River, NY 10965

(845) 735-4746

https://Smparish.com

 

Church of St. Augustine

140 Maple Avenue

New City, NY  10956

845-634-3641

staugnewcity.org

 

Church of St. Francis of Assisi

128 Parrot Road

West Nyack, NY  10994

845-634-4957

www.stfrancis-assisi.org

 

Marian Shrine

174 Filors Lane

Stony Point, NY 10980

845-947-2200

www.marianshrine.org

Staten Island

Church of the Holy Child

4747 Amboy Road

Staten Island, NY  10312

718-356-5890

www.holychildsi.com

 

Church of the Holy Family

366 Watchogue Road

Staten Island, NY  10314

718-761-6663

 

Church of the Holy Rosary

80 Jerome Avenue

Staten Island, NY  10305

718-727-3360

www.hrosarychurch.com

 

Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea

5371 Amboy Road

Staten Island, NY  10312

718-984-0593

olssparish.org

 

Church of St. Charles

644 Clawson Street

Staten Island, NY  10306

718-987-2670

 

Church of St. Clare

110 Nelson Avenue

Staten Island, NY  10308

718-984-7873

www.stclaresi.com

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

845-481-4560

www.saintjosephkingston.org

 

Church of St Mary- St Peter

160 Broadway

Kingston, NY 12401

845-331-0301

www.stmarystpeterkingston.org

Westchester County

Church of St. Augustine

18 Cherry Avenue

Larchmont, NY  10538

(914) 834-1220

staugustineny.org

 

Church of the Holy Name of Jesus

75 Lispenard Avenue

New Rochelle, NY  10801

914-636-4856

hnjparish.com

 

Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

559 Pelham Manor Road

Pelham Manor, NY  10803

(914) 738-1449

olph-pelhammanor.org

 

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

www.assumption-immaculate.org

 

Church of St. Ann

854 Midland Avenue

Yonkers, NY  10704

(914) 965-1555

stannsyonkers.org

 

Church of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

1377 E Main Street

Shrub Oak, NY 10588

(914) 528-3547

https://seton-parish.org

 

Church of St. Joseph

15 Cedar Street

Bronxville, NY  10708

(914) 337-1660

http://www.saintjosephsbronxville.org/

 

Church of St. Patrick

137 Moseman Road

Yorktown Heights, NY  10598

(914) 962-5050

www.stpatricks-yorktown.org

Pregnancy Loss

The following websites are helpful and provide support for those who are suffering from a pregnancy loss (resulting from an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, still birth, or infant death).

Morning Light Ministry is a Catholic ministry for bereaved mothers and bereaved fathers who have experienced the death of their baby through ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death up to one year old. This Catholic ministry also welcomes bereaved parents of other Christian denominations, bereaved parents of other faiths and bereaved parents of no religious affiliation who are struggling with the very notion of faith.

Elizabeth Ministry provides hope and healing for women and their families on issues related to childbearing.

Adverse Prenatal Diagnosis

The following resources are available for parents who have received a poor or difficult prenatal diagnosis.

Books

Letters to Gabriel: The True Story of Gabriel Michael Santorum by Karen Garver Santorum. Karen Santorum, wife of former Senator Rick Santorum tells the story of their son’s brief 2-hour life, wile expressing the gift of life, family values, the bond between parent and child, the grieving process and the paradox of suffering.

20 Minutes in Eternity by Daniel Dumas. Written from a Catholic perspective, this story is about the journey of a husband and wife whose unborn son is diagnosed with a fatal diagnosis, and their decision to carry him to term.

Websites

Be Not Afraid is an online outreach to parents who have received a poor or difficult prenatal diagnosis. The family stories articles, and links within the site are presented as a resource for those who may have been asked to choose between terminating a pregnancy or continuing on despite the diagnosis. These families faced the same decision and chose not to terminate. By sharing their experiences, they hope to offer encouragement to those who may be afraid to continue on.

Prenatal Partners for Life provides support information and encouragement for carrying a baby to term with an adverse prenatal diagnosis and support for raising your child with special needs after birth.

Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents

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.

For further information about retreats in and around New England, and to find out what happens at retreats, visit www.emfgp.org

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