Lord, may we always be present to those who suffer bereavement
and help us to be attentive to their needs.
Our Parish Bereavement Care Team is part of the Archdiocese 'Ministry of Consolation' whose aim is to support those who have lost a loved one.
Our team includes two experienced Funeral Lay Ministers - Ron Smith and Carole Clancy (Carole no longer conducts Funeral Services) and their role is to support our Parish Priest at a Requiem Mass, to conduct Funeral Services in church or at a crematorium and to conduct committals at a crematorium or to officiate at interments in cemeteries.
Our members aim to support families before the funeral, during and after the funeral and beyond.
Their roles include preparing the church for a funeral along with joining the Rosary Group who lead the vigil prayers. They help to particpate in the ceremony saying responses, singing and carrying out the role of Eucharistic Ministers, they will provide readers if the family is unable to do so and they also tidy up the church after the ceremony.
After the funeral, our team offer home visits and drop-in sessions for bereaved members of our community which gives families an opportunity to talk, share their feelings or worries and be listened to by our trained and supportive team.
Our team also send condolence cards to bereaved families on the first anniversary of the death of their loved one which many find of comfort to know they are being remembered and prayed for.
Our team also arrange an annual Bereavement Mass during the month of November - the month of the Holy Souls.
Our team's principal involvement in the Ministry of Consolation is expressed in its active participation in the funeral rites.
Members of our team aim to console those who mourn with words of faith and support and with acts of kindness.
If you would like to be put in touch with a member of our team, please ring the Parish Office on 0151 486 3992. Our office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.00am-1.00pm.