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Bereavement
Seasons of Hope

Many families face the loss of loved ones who are members of the parish. Our Catholic tradition provides funeral support and now Seasons of Hope can carry that caring spirit into the difficult period that follows when grief can overwhelm. It also serves those who mourn loved ones from outside our parish community. They too may feel isolated, empty, and broken-hearted. For those searching for hope, a Seasons of Hope group is a nurturing link to the Church, the Almighty, and other people of faith who are also mourning. Come and be comforted.

Seasons of Hope meets for six consecutive weeks. Each series is a standalone program.Any parishioner who is mourning the loss of a loved one is encouraged to attend and invited to bring a guest. Our group is hosted by Stephen Ministers.

We meet on Tuesdays at 1 pm via zoom. Please register in Realm to join our group.

Bereavement Series

Offered in the Fall and Spring. This is an eight-week series that offers hope even through the grief of losing a loved one. The group offers a safe place to share your own journey with grief and to learn from others. We learn to let others into our struggle and to enter gently into theirs, to take strength and to give it.

Contact: Beth Gaudette at beth.gaudette@stfrancisraleigh.org

Monthly Support Group: Good Grief

Meets once a month on the second Wednesday of each month at 10:00am. We offer support and share ways to deal with the grief of a loved one whether it is the death of a child, a spouse, a parent, a sibling or a friend. Grief is hard work. Take this opportunity, join a group and share your grief experience and receive support.

Contact: Marsha Riley at marshariely@me.com

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are volunteers who offer confidential Christian care to those who seek prayerful, emotional support to deal with stress, grief, life transitions or other concerns. They offer empathetic listening, unconditional positive regard, and other resources and referrals as needed. St. Francis’ Stephen Ministry is part of a worldwide caregiving network.

  • How do I receive care through Stephen Ministry
    If you would like to receive pastoral care from a Stephen Minister, please contact Beth Gaudette at beth.gaudette@stfrancisraleigh.org
  • How could I become a Stephen Minister?
    Stephen Ministers commit to 50 hours of initial training. After that, ministers take part in ongoing supervision and education twice a month during a two-year ministry commitment. If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister please complete the application form.

Completed forms can be deposited into the gold mailbox on the wall by the receptionists desk addressed to Beth Gaudette or print and then scan your form and email it to Beth Gaudette at beth.gaudette@stfrancisraleigh.org

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