Bereavement Ministry Training 2024

Posted on June 10, 2024 by Published by

The Corporal works and the Spiritual works of mercy are at the core of who we are as Catholics Christian. They not only identify who we are as a people; charitable, caring, compassionate and generous; they also identify the behaviors which help us to live our lives as true disciples of Jesus Christ. An unknown author was quoted as saying “Grieving is a normal response to loss. However, God does not abandon us in our darkest hours. God, who is Light, shines His light of comfort into our hurting hearts.”

All of us have or will experience the tragic loss of a friend or loved one in our lives. If you have been a recipient of the care and support shared by a bereavement minister or just want to help others who may be suffering, this is your opportunity. This training is designed to benefit both new and experienced bereavement ministers. Experienced ministers can help provide meaningful discussion and collaboration with new ministers.

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2024

Program Presenters: Deacon Joe and Diane Yannotta

Place: Holy Family Parish
2515 W. Palatine Rd., Inverness, IL 60067

Prior registration is required. Participants should contact their individual Parish Coordinator to register.


  • 8:30 – 9 a.m. Sign in and Welcome
  • 9 – 9:15 a.m. Welcoming – Agenda Details – Opening Prayer – Introduction
  • 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. The Story of Death: A Catholic perspective of death and dying
  • 10:30 –11 a.m. Break
  • 11 a.m. – Noon The Afterlife: Purgatory, Heaven and Hell
  • Noon – 12:30 p.m. Lunch – bring a sack lunch
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. The Hour of Our Death: Pastoral care of the sick and dying
  • 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. Bereavement procedures and wrap up
  • 2:45 – 3 p.m. Closing Prayer


  1. You MUST contact Kathy O’Neill, Bereavement Ministry Coordinator at Our Lady of the Wayside, prior to registering for this workshop. Email Kathy at, or contact her by phone at (847) 253-5353.
  2. Then, go to to register. Bring a sack lunch. Registration closes Friday, July 5, 2024.

Questions? Contact Deacon Joe Yannotta or Diane Yannotta at

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