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Grief Support

Angel Bear Ministry
A ministry developed to help the young children of our parish who have experienced or are experiencing the death of a mother, father, sister, or brother. While the family member is actively dying or has recently died an angel bear will be brought to the grieving child. This angel bear is a lifetime tangible reminder of the love of their loved one.

Contacts: Kinney Moore, 513-232-2373; Lynette Dawe, 513-231-1649

Bereavement Ministry
A small group of parishioners, having felt called to minister to the sorrowing and grieving, have undertaken to provide consolation, support, and direct practical assistance to individuals and families who have experienced the death of a loved one. These ministers strive to ease the burden of those involved in planning a funeral liturgy, be it a liturgy/Mass or memorial service. They are able to assist with the grieving process, explain and help the grieving select the elements of a prayerful and respectful liturgy, act as liaisons between the family and the priest, ministers, musicians and others, as needed, as well as assist in accessing resources available before, during, and after a death occurs.

Contacts: Pat Riehle, 513-232-0392; Marisue Naber, 513-388-4184

Grief Support Group
The Grief Support group is a faith-based group which provides an opportunity for those who have lost a family member to deal with their grief in an atmosphere of care and support. The group brings together people who are working with the consequences and pain of losing a loved one. It is a safe place where you can tell your story, a community where you can share your struggles and pain. The support group is a forum where you can ask the big questions: Why Me? Why Now? The support group is not a therapy group but it is therapeutic. The group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the Guadalupe Room.

Contact: Judy Sherlock, 513-965-9889

Ministers of Compassion
Ministers of Compassion offer pastoral and spiritual support to families who are grieving the death of a loved one. They are nurses with special training in dealing with grief and loss who help people move through the grief process with compassion and sensitivity. A key part of the ministry is to listen to those going through grief and serve in a supportive role.

Contact: Marisue Naber, 513-388-4184

Project Rachel
Project Rachel is the post-abortion healing ministry of the Catholic Church. It is composed of a network of specially trained clergy, spiritual directors and therapists who provide compassionate one-on-one care and prayerful group experiences to those who are struggling with the aftermath of abortion. Project Rachel is designed to provide confidential and skilled help to each individual who comes to the ministry. Project Rachel is able to help women and men; parents and grandparents, siblings, friends, and others whose lives have been impacted by an abortion loss.

Contact: Confidential Line, 513-784-0531