As summer comes to a close, you may be interested in evaluating your stewardship of time. We would like for you to look at the Bereavement Ministry by joining us in Stewardship Hall on Saturday, August 23rd. Traditionally we break bread together and enjoy brunch which will begin at 9:30 a.m. Please check your calendars and reserve that morning.
We are challenging more parishioners to come and visit with us. This is a vital ministry that has been a part of the Church from its beginning. Biblically, the book of Tobit tells us to bury the dead. The Bereavement ministry’s goals are to support and aid our Pastor or priest at the time of a Parishioner’s death and to offer prayers, support, and hope to the grieving Parish family.
Involvement in the Bereavement Ministry is sporadic. There may be months when all one needs to do is remember the souls of the departed in prayer. Then when a parishioner dies we are called to ‘arms’. A Bereavement Minister commits to pray the rosary at the vigil or at home for the repose of the soul of the deceased and their family; and/or attend the funeral Mass. Our Parish offers transportation and baby-sitting as needed and house sitting when wanted. We coordinate the vigil receptions and funeral dinners. As grieving takes time, we stay in contact with the families for one year after a death with letters, cards, and masses. Ministers may choose to be trained to visit with the bereaved family. We make ‘memory bears’ and ‘comfort candles’. We sponsor special liturgies during the year and the Mass at Ascension Cemetery on Memorial Day. We also try to provide workshops for understanding and handling grief and end of life issues. As you can see, there are several and varied ways youcan be involved in Church of the Resurrection’s Bereavement Ministry.
You are invited to come on Saturday, August 23rd at 9:30 am and lend a needed hand in stewardship to your Parish. An RSVP is not necessary but if you wish more information you may call Barbara Knapp @ 683-1743, Greg Burge @ 652-7772, or leave your name with the church secretary. All are welcome!
Traditionally, we believe Christ was conceived on March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation. We will watch the parallel development of “Chris” in the womb from March 25 to December 25.
(Week 18)“I like sucking my thumb. I can hear my mother’s heartbeat and some other funny noises she makes. I’m beginning to know her voice. My umbilical cord (that’s where I get my food from) is really awesome – an engineering marvel.” Chris’s umbilical cord transports 300 quarts of fluid per day and completes a round-trip of fluids every 30 seconds. Wow!
Mother is probably starting to “show” now.
“Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.” Gen. 25:21
(Week 17) “When I am sleeping, I have REM (rapid eye movements) which means I am dreaming, but I can’t remember my dreams. My vocal cords have formed but I don’t make a sound – must be because there is no air in here. Isn't it amazing that I’m able to breathe "underwater," inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid?” Chris is working on developing great lungs. Mother may start to feel Chris as a flutter in her lower abdomen.
“Is there anything too wonderful for Yahweh? At the same time next year I shall visit you again and Sarah will have a son.” Gen. 18:13-14