Ministers of Consolation are trained lay people who comfort and assist our parish families following the death of a loved one. They assist with planning the funeral liturgy that includes choosing scripture readings and hymns and suggest ways in which the family can be a part of the liturgy. They represent the St. Giles parish community at wakes, act as resource persons for support groups, and are available to be a listening ear to those who are grieving.
The Ministry of Consolation is open to any parishioner who is interested in offering consolation and support to those who are mourning the death of a loved one. Training is required and is provided by the Archdiocese.
Our parish receives many funerals during the year. We are in need of more people to serve as Ministers of Consolation. It takes a person of faith and compassion and the ability for team work. It is most importantly a ministry of companionship with the grieving family to help them with the arrangements and the communications with the priest and music director.
For more information, please contact Deirdre Buckingham at 708-383-3430 x 404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Blessed are those who mourn, they shall be comforted.” – Matthew 5:4