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Prayer and Relationship with Christ







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:


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


Church of the Epiphany

375 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10010

(212) 475-1966


Our Lady of Good Counsel- St. Thomas More

65 East 89th St. (between Madison and Park)
New York, NY, 10128
(212) 876-7718

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



St. Paul’s Church

2800 NY-17K, Bullville, NY 10915

(845) 361-3107


St. Patrick-St.Mary’s- Our Lady of the Lake Church

55 Grand St, Newburgh, NY 12550

(845) 561-0885

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



St. Ann’s Church

101 Cromwell Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10304


Sullivan County

Our Lady of the Assumption Church

17 High St, Bloomingburg, NY 12721

(845) 733-1477

Ulster County

Church of Saint Joseph

242 Wall Street

Kingston, NY 12401



Church of St Mary- St Peter

160 Broadway

Kingston, NY 12401



St. Mary’s – St. Andrew’s Church

139 S Main St, Ellenville, NY 12428

845-866-1689 (Facilitator Direct Number)

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


Holy Name of Jesus Church

2 Broadway, Valhalla, NY 10595

(914) 949-2323


St. Francis of Assisi Parish

2 Green St, Mt Kisco, NY 10549

(914) 666-5986


Church of the Resurrection

910 Boston Post Rd, Rye, NY 10580

(914) 967-0142


St. Mary’s of the Immaculate Conception

103 S Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701

(914) 963-0156

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.


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.


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