Bereavement is a natural response of intense sorrow to a significant loss. It is most frequently the emotion triggered by the death of a loved one. These same emotions can also be experienced by someone with a terminal illness who expects to die, or by someone with a chronic condition who must deal with a loss of autonomy. The end of a significant relationship, such as divorce, can also result in a grieving process. Everyone experiences grief in their own way.
As a committee we are a parish ministry to help others deal with the grieving process:
- Meet with the family and plan the funeral liturgy.
- Visiting the funeral home as the parish liaison.
- Attending the Christian Burial Mass.
- Sending correspondence to the family for over a year.
- Inviting family to informational gatherings to aid in the understanding of the grief process.
- Providing social gatherings for the family.
- Having a yearly Mass and dinner for the family of the deceased, from our parish, around All Soul’s Day, November 1st.
Dinners to Go
+ Volunteers provide meals to families in need, such as after a hospital stay, during an emergency or after the birth of a baby.
+ A woman-to-woman ministry during child-bearing years, modeled after the Blessed Mother and St. Elizabeth.
+ Help offer a meal, refreshments and a time of fellowship for the family and friends of the deceased after the funeral mass.
+ Taking care of the landscaping outdoors and maintaining the plants indoors.
+ Teams of volunteers do the light housekeeping necessary for the church proper to be clean and orderly.
+ Volunteers who assist the parish and parishioners with small general maintenance and repairs.
+ A weekly gathering of women interested in studying God's word through the books of the Bible. Meeting are held in the Schleigh Library at 10:00AM every Thursday.
Meals on Wheels
+ Donations of baked goods go to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for the recipients of prepared meals.
+ Weekly requests for personal prayer and intentions are forwarded through our chain of parishioners via e-mail or phone call.
+ Encompassing many areas of the Respect for Life issues such as poverty, euthanasia, abortion, and environmental concerns. This group organizes the Respect Life Month events in October, arranges the bus trip to Washington, D.C., for the March for Life, provide contact information for elected officials’ offices, and help with needs that arise in the community. Committee will provide several ways to get involved and to act by meeting basic needs of local and global people who are poor (such as supporting food pantries, shelters, prisoners, and our Sister Parish in the Yucatan.
Knights of Columbus
+ The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal benefit society founded on principles of charity, unity and fraternity. Founded in 1882, the Knights of Columbus is now the world’s foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities. Council #3658 was chartered in Grove City in 1953 under the leadership of Natale Rossi. Over the years, the council has rendered important service to the Church through Beloved Disciple parish, to the community and to its members. Business meetings are held at 8 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Knights of Columbus hall, adjacent to the church.
Rosary Altar Society
+ Established by Pope Leo XIII in 1898 and officially known as the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary, this organization unites faithful women to praise and honor the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts
+ Beloved Disciple has been the proud sponsor of Boy Scout Troop 76 and Cub Scout Pack 76 for more than 20 years. The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. Boys experience scouting as a growth into person al maturity and social responsibility. They learn to assume their roles in life with a high degree of commitment, and to care for others who are less fortunate. They develop a strong desire to build a culture of goodwill, respect for the environment and acceptance of duties.
Respite & Home Care
Respite care will be primarily used when relieving the main caretaker during an illness or disability. Home health care volunteers will be able to assist in a home by doing simple dressings, injections, or other types of nursing care, helping transport them to doctors’ appointments and Mass. + Parishioners offer rides to homebound parishioners for transportation to Mass or doctor visits in the local area.
+Parishioners would help meet the spiritual and social needs of the senior members of our parish. They would assist with monthly “Eat Alone Meals” that will be held on the third Thursday of every month beginning with fellowship at 3:30.
Special Office Projects
+Parishioners would be called on an as “needed basis”.
Legion of Mary
+The Legion of Mary is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church, with well over 3 million active members in almost every country of the world. It has been active in the United States since 1931, has been approved by the last 6 Popes, and was endorsed by the Second Vatican Council. The main purpose of the Legion of Mary is to give glory to God through the sanctification of its members. Members meet once a week for prayer, planning and discussion in a family setting. Then they do two hours of definite work each week in pairs and under the guidance of their spiritual director.
+This committee is responsible for promoting the spirit of community in the parish. They strive to create a hospitable atmosphere by reaching out to the new and inactive members and helping them to become involved in parish activities. They will also contact those new to the parish and offer friendship and information someone new to the neighborhood would find useful. Please let us know of your interest by contacting Victoria Wagner at (724) 748-6700 ext. 117.