Bereavement and Grief Support

The Bereavement Ministry ministry is here to walk with the bereaved on their journey by providing spiritual, emotional and practical support to those experiencing grief due to terminal illness, grief during the time of a funeral, and grief following a death.  We pray that the resources offered below will be a source of comfort to you. 

Widowed Group 

No one needs to grieve alone.  Our parish's Widowed Support Group meets the second Tuesday of the month in the Ministry Center from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.  Contact Sr. Marie Frachette at 704-543-7677, ext. 1073, for more information.

Social Services Counselor

Individual and family counseling is available through Catholic Social Services.  Please call  704-370-3262 for information.

Grief Support Groups 

There are numerous community and parish groups that offer support to those mourning the loss of a loved one.  Find information here.

Prayers and Scriptures 

The Bible provides us with the healing and comforting words of our Lord, who is with us in our suffering.  Find Scripture and prayers here.

Special Masses for the Deceased

Special Masses, which we hope will be of comfort and support to those who have had a loved one die, are celebrated at St. Gabriel.

Monthly Memorial Mass: This Mass usually takes place on the first Friday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Daily Mass Chapel. This mass is in memory of those who have died during that month. The family and friends of the deceased are invited to join us.  Anyone grieving for a loved one is welcome.

An All Souls Day/First Friday Memorial Mass:  This Mass is celebrated the first Friday of November at 10:00 am followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall, hosted by our Bereavement Ministry. The names of those who have died in the past year will be read at the Mass.

Mass for Deceased Spouses:  This Mass is be celebrated in November at one of the 12:30 pm Sunday Masses. A reception hosted by the Woman’s Club follows in the Ministry Center.

Mass for Parents/Grandparents of a Deceased Child or Children:  This Mass is celebrated on a Sunday in November at one of the 12:30 pm Masses. A reception follows in the Fellowship Hall hosted by the Christian Mother’s Group.  If you would like to bring a photo or other memorabilia of your child, tables will be available to place them on when you arrive.

Widows Mass and Luncheon: A Mass and luncheon are held annually in February for widows and widowers.  The luncheon follows the 12:30 pm Mass.  For information, please call the parish office at 704-364-5431.



Anticipatory Grief

Alzheimer’s: Coping with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) does not have to be a lonely experience. A support group is now available to give care givers a chance to share their feelings with others who do understand because they, too, have a loved one with dementia. Supervised activities that offer fun and friendship are provided for those with AD.  Call the parish office (704-364-5431) to find out more about our Shining Stars Respite program and support groups.  Visit the
Alzheimer’s Association here.

Memorial Garden for Children

The St. Gabriel “Guardian Angel Memorial Garden” was built to remember the unborn and children who have died through the age of 18. It is located next to the children’s playground, which is behind the grotto. Enter the path at the entrance of the lovely arbor and follow the stone path where there is a place to sit and enjoy the peace you will find here. The statue of a beautiful angel overlooks the garden.




GriefShare Support 

When a loved one dies, grieving that loss can take a long time, but you are not alone. GriefShare is here with support groups (find one here), and daily emails (subscribe here), that provide encouragement and reminders of the recovery process.

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