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Bereavement Ministry Support Facilitator Training

Support groups provide the opportunity for healing in a confidential, educational and spiritual environment. Family Life offers a facilitator training program for those who wish to become facilitators for existing parish bereavement support groups or for those who want to start one. This program can also serve to enhance the general bereavement ministry services in your parish. Participants will explore the many faces of loss & grief and will receive practical information about forming a parish-based ministry. Pre-registration with the approval of your pastor is mandatory. All participants must be up to date with Safe Environment Protocol.

Fall 2022 course dates are as follows: six consecutive Wednesday evenings online from 7pm-9pm starting September 14th - October 19th 

Topics include:

·        Overview of Loss, Grief & Mourning and current theories

·        Grief in special circumstances, including grief during pandemic

·        Assessing the need for referral

·        Importance of bereavement ministry for the parish

·        Reaching out to those on the peripheries, especially those feeling lost and alone

·        Counseling skills: How to listen and ask questions that facilitate healing

·        How to start up  & facilitate a parish based bereavement support group

·        The impacts of covid on grief and ministry


This course is intended to assist those seeking to begin or join a parish Ministry of Consolation. This course is helpful for those parishes looking to foster consolation ministry or host a bereavement support group. Upon successful completion of this program, facilitators can serve in their parish ministry with the approval of their pastor.


Upcoming Classes: Six session parish ministry training Sept/Oct 2022.

To register, click here: Bereavement Training Registration Page

'Surviving Divorce" Facilitator Training Course

There's no such thing as "Catholic divorce" but the bad news is Catholics do civilly divorce. “Surviving Divorce” is a program here to help, and to encourage healing through the Sacraments where the participants personally encounter Christ with all His love and tender mercies.Thousands of years ago the blind, deaf and dumb ran to Jesus for healing and He still invites them to come to Him today. Those who are in need of healing from civil divorce or separation want to learn how to rebuild their lives. There is hope through experiencing the love & mercy of Jesus Christ through His church and people. Please consider bringing the 12 week program Surviving Divorce to your parish. This program can be facilitated by any clergy, religious, permanent deacon, pastoral staff member or layperson designated by the parish. This one-day training is for any clergy, religious, permanent deacon, pastoral staff member or layperson chosen by his or her parish to facilitate the program. This session will offer in-depth instruction on all aspects of advertising, facilitating and administering the program. The processes of grief, loss and transition are emphasized, as are listening and communication skills. Facilitator must meet Archdiocese safety requirements.

Upcoming Classes: September 24th, 2022

Click here for more info and to register: Surviving Divorce Facilitator Training

Pre-registration with your Pastor's approval is required.



Contact Us

Brian Caldwell                               
Jennifer Ferraioli
Associate Director, Marriage Preparation
Yamilka Genao, M.E., M.A.P.M.
Associate Director                       
Hispanic Family Life Ministries/Pastoral Familiar Hispana
Planificación Natural de la Familia (PNF)
John Kalinowski                              
Coordinator, Ministry of Loss & Healing                                                          


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