Bereavement & Consolation Ministry

The Ministry to the Bereaved & Consolation plays an important role in the parish.  It is important that we strive to become more comfortable with death as a part of Christian life.  On behalf of the entire parish, we extend help to the bereaved family at the time of death, mourning, and beyond.  We offer assistance with the selection of music and the planning of Mass, schedule the use of the Church Hall for socializing and sustenance, and make post funeral contact to offer help.  While at this time there is no Hall use due to the Corona-19 virus, once the Halls reopen for receptions, the Ministry will offer help and suggestions with refreshments.

For more information on joining this Ministry contact:
Mary Blanchette

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; 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 support groups are for those bereaved 6 months or more.  The program is presented for a 9-week session in the Fall and another 9-week session in the Spring.  The Fall program is a morning program and the Spring program is an evening program. The length of the individual sessions is approximately an hour and a half.   The group meets in the chapel at St. Matthew Church, Tolland, CT.

The next support group for those bereaved 6 months or more will run from 10/6/21 thru 12/8/21.  The group will meet each Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at St. Matthew Church.

We encourage early sign-up as space is limited due to the need for social distancing.  Use of masks will be necessary for these meetings.

Deadline to register by 10/3/21. 

For further information or to register for the fall program, please call Sue Gilbertie 860-371-1111

For further information concerning the program please contact:

Deacon Ron Freedman @ 860-872-0200 x310