Bereavement Ministry provides companionship and support to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Members of this ministry plan the funeral liturgy with the family, provide a luncheon after the funeral if the family wishes and provide ongoing support through a grief recovery series. 

Planning the Funeral

Purpose: Assist families in the planning of the funeral Mass

Responsibilities: Contact families to assist in choosing Mass readings and music.

Helpful Attributes: Empathy and good communication and listening skills.

Time Commitment: Variable depending on the frequency of funerals.

Training Required: Partnering with experienced planners.

Fingerprinting Required: None

Barb Saalfeld
Phone: 352-694-4013

Jane Hoesterey
Phone: 352-266-6499


Important: To schedule a Funeral Reception, please call the church office at (352) 629-8092!

Purpose: Provide food and fellowship for family and friends after the funeral.

Responsibilities: Prepare tables and serve food and drinks after the funeral Mass.

Helpful Attributes: Friendliness and a desire to be of service

Time Commitment: Approximately 4 1/2 hours for each reception

Training Required: Working with experienced servers

Fingerprinting Required: None

To become a member of the Bereavement Reception ministry contact:
Marilyn Hinds

Grief Support

Purpose: Provide ongoing support for those who are grieving.

Responsibilities: Facilitate a structured grief support program that also addresses individual issues.

Helpful Attributes: Empathy, good communication and listening skills.

Time Commitment: Two-hour sessions for 8 weeks.

Training Required: Mentoring with current grief support facilitators.

Fingerprinting Required: None

Casey Ball
Phone: 352-216-3278