Funeral/ Breavement

At the time of the loss of a loved one, the support of our faith community can be a great help to
the grieving family. Several opportunities are offered to assist them through these tough times, from funeral planning to serving the funeral lunch.

Bereavement Committee

Stewardship opportunity: To assist families in mourning with the planning of the funeral liturgy for their loved one and to help the priests and parish staff organize the necessary details.
Talent/Gift to offer: Compassion, empathy/sympathy, a good listener, sensitivity to family dynamics, a prayerful attitude and a desire to help families through their time of grief.
Time commitment: The work of the committee is understandably unpredictable with flexible and short notice needed in some situations. Volunteers are asked to visit with each bereaved family and volunteers are reached on a rotating basis as equally as possible.
Treasure/Blessing received: To be a healing bridge between the grieving family and the people of Immaculate Conception and to be blessed with the gift of family memories at this meaningful time in family life.

Funeral Greeter

Stewardship opportunity: To welcome and assist bereaved families at Church on the day of the funeral for their loved one.
Talent/Gift to offer: Compassion, comforting and inviting presence, a prayerful attitude and a desire to help families in their time of grief.
Time commitment: Two hours per funeral, arriving 30 minutes before the funeral begins. Volunteers are contacted on a rotating basis.
Treasure/Blessing received: To be a caring presence that provides comfort and assurance to the grieving family and to express the prayerful concern of the Immaculate Conception family. When we give of ourselves we are bountifully blessed; God can never be outdone.

Rosary Leader

Stewardship opportunity: To come together as a group to offer a rosary in Church for those who have died and their families in mourning on the day of the funeral.
Talent/Gift to offer: A prayerful attitude, willingness to help lead the faith filled community in praying the Rosary and a desire to help families in their time of grief.
Time commitment: 15 minutes on the day of the funeral starting one half hour before the funeral begins. Men as well as women are encouraged to participate. Volunteers are contacted on a rotating basis.
Treasure/Blessing received: To be a witness of prayer that provides comfort, healing and strength to the grieving family and to express the prayerful concern of the Immaculate Conception family.

Funeral Luncheons Cook, Worker, Baker

Stewardship opportunity: To help the family of deceased parishioners by providing a luncheon after the funeral liturgy as a Funeral Cook, Worker or Baker.
Talent/Gift to offer: A sense of compassion and concern for the bereaved family witnessed by your willingness to assist the cook in preparing, serving, and cleaning up for the funeral luncheon or to provide a cake.
Time commitment: Funeral Luncheon volunteers are called on to work or bake cakes as needed.  This will vary according to the number of funerals, the number of volunteers and their availability when the Funeral Cook calls.  The time involved working is approximately 3-4 hours per luncheon.  Both men and women are welcome to this ministry.
Treasure/Blessing received: To be a healing hand extended to grieving families, and to pass along to them the love and concern of the parish in their time of need.