"Let us become bearers of HOPE." The Holy Father - Pope Francis
In the video below, Fr. John Riccardo joins Ralph Martin to reflect on grieving with hope and praying for those who have gone before us.
Fr. John Riccardo's Parish, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Plymouth, Michigan, created a Catholic Grief Ministry. There are three videos below about this program.
This first one is the Intro video to the program:
This second one is a 10-minute excerpt from the program:
This third video is from the opening session of Grieving With Great Hope.
Here is some information from the webpage of this ministry:
Welcome to Good Mourning Ministry. We are delighted you found us.
Guided by the Holy Spirit, we are a bereavement apostolate and a resource to Catholic parishes offering hope and healing to those who are mourning the loss of loved one. Our quest is be bearers of hope. To be intentional and transformational in our work, providing prayerful, practical and personal grief support. We believe we can help equip grieving people with the tools they will need to build their bridge that will lead them into a new and different life.
In pastoral ministry we must accompany people, and we must heal their wounds." Pope Francis- September 19, 2013
Today, despite the need for grief support, many Catholic churches do not have the resources to devote to a ministry that provides significant help for their bereaved parishioners. As a result, with faith being such an important part of the mourning process, many Catholics look to non-Catholic churches for grief support programs. We are grateful for parishes who recognize the need to offer vibrant programs of hope for those who are mourning the loss of a loved one. For those who can't, we are here to help. The Grieving with Great Hope DVD Series is now coast to coast. Now, over 2000 people have been helped by one of the many Grieving with Great Hope workshops across the United States.
We are blessed to help those who mourn.
Grieving with Great Hope DVD Series is now in over 40 parishes in 21 states!
"Every parish should have your program! So comprehensive, you did all the work for us! We are so grateful we found your beautiful program and welcome it to central Texas." Deacon Tim and Liz Hayden- Holy Family Parish-Copperas Cove Texas.
"Grieving with Great Hope should be the NATIONAL STANDARD! May God Bless you." Sue Treida, St. Maria Goretti-Westfield Indiana.
"Your Grieving with Great Hope (DVD Series) is the answer to my prayers for a Catholic offering! I just can't thank you and Sandy enough!" Denise M. Carlson- Coordinator of Family Lifespan and Bereavement-Archdiocese of Omaha Nebraska
"This was amazing!" Debbie Gladen - St. Phillip the Apostle - Lewisville, Texas"Thank you having this workshop!" Peggy Peters - St. Helen's - Newbury, Ohio