Bereavement Ministry

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted  
– Mt 5:4

What Is Bereavement Ministry?

The Bereavement Ministry at St. Luke is an outreach ministry to support our parishioners and neighbors who are mourning the death of a loved one. We provide faith-based support for the newly bereaved. When someone we love has been taken from us, we often find ourselves dealing with change and transition.  Many offer their help but do not always understand the loss we are feeling. 

Bereavement support groups are one way to find support from others who are going through the same process.  We cannot go around, over, or under the grief process.  We need to go through it; we need to be good to ourselves, by putting balance into our lives through prayer, reading, resting, relaxation and work.  Grief takes time.  Unrealistic expectations undermine the healing process.

Bereavement ministers strive to be the compassionate heart and hands of our Lord Jesus. No one can really feel or remove another’s pain, but everyone can walk beside and support another who is sorrowful. Those involved in our Bereavement Ministry find that in supporting others, our own faith is nourished and deepened.   For more information or to find a nearby bereavement support group, please call the St. Luke Bereavement Office at 848-226-6220 and leave a message with your name and telephone number.  We will call you back. 

Support Group Now Forming for the Newly Bereaved

The Church of St. Luke is hosting a Bereavement Support Group for persons who are newly bereaved.  You need not be a parishioner to attend.  The group will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the Dorothy Day Center (in the administrative building connected to our church) for nine consecutive weeks, beginning on Tuesday, October 1 and ending on November 26, 2019. Pre- registration is required.  Please call the Bereavement Office at 848-226-6220 and leave a message with your name and phone number.  We will call you back. 

RCCTR Bereavement Resources:
Please click here to see the with the different support groups available at our fellow Toms River Catholic churches: RCCTR Bereavement Flyer 

Compassionate Friends Support Group: Support is available for those grieving the death of a child. The Compassionate Friends Support Group provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.  The Toms River Chapter meets at St. Luke Parish on the first Tuesday each month at 7:00 pm. For more information, call Billie at 732-363-3894.

Annual Mass of Remembrance: 
May all who have left us rest in the arms of the Lord.

Each November, St. Luke Parish celebrates the Mass of Remembrance for all who have died during the previous year. Gathering together at this annual event offers families to pray, remember and honor those who have passed from this life into the arms of the Lord. This year’s Mass of Remembrance will be held on November 3, 2019. Please save the date.