Consolation and Funeral Liturgy Planning

This ministry to the bereaved plays an important role in helping the loved ones to experience the consolation of the parish family and prepare for the services and funeral reception.  It is important that we experience compassion and consolation in this part of the Christian life.  On behalf of the entire parish, we walk with the bereaved family at the time of death and mourning.  We offer assistance with the selection of music and the planning of Mass, schedule the use of the Church Hall for socializing and support, and offer the loving support of our parish family.  This ministry helps the bereaved to connect with the funeral hospitality ministry and provides suggestions for the funeral reception. 

For more information on joining this Ministry contact:
Mary Blanchette

Funeral Planning Ministry

Bereavement Support Program

Living through grief is not easy but it does not have to be done alone.  Blessed Sacrament Parish offers a 9-week support program called, “New Day”, for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.  The goal of this program is to provide a sense of community where support is given and received. Because of the nature of the support group, it is limited to a minimum of 6  persons and a maximum of 9; we ask for a commitment to attend all sessions.

“New Day” is a faith-based program. It is led by trained parish facilitators and includes prayer, discussion, and journaling.  

The program is presented in a 9-week session and led by trained facilitators and includes prayer, discussion, and journaling.  Although New Day is a faith-based program, it is not restricted to Catholics and all are welcome. It is recommended that it has been at least 6 months since the loss and that family members do not attend together.

The program is normally run in the Fall and in the Spring.  The length of the individual sessions is approximately an hour and a half.   

The next support group for those bereaved 6 months or more will start on March 29th through May 24th.  The group will meet each Wednesday from 10:15 am to 11:45 am in the Chapel at St Matthew Church in Tolland.

Registration is required. We encourage early sign-up as space is limited.  The use of masks is recommended but not required.

The deadline to register is March 22nd.

For further information or to register for the program, please call Sue Gilbertie at (860) 371-1111 or Carol Freedman at (860) 268-0966 
Click on this link to email the Bereavement Ministry Team.

For more information regarding the program please contact: Deacon Ron Freedman @ 860-872-0200 x310