Bereavement Ministry

At St. Catherine’s, we believe that no one should ever grieve alone.  Contact Bill Frederick, Pastoral Associate, if you are in need of support.  Often, the period of time following a funeral is more difficult than the funeral itself.  If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, we are here to provide a listening ear, and direct you to various resources and means of grief support.

Funerals at St. Catherine

Our pastor, Fr. Mike Strachota, our Director of Liturgy and Music, Steve Johnson, and our Pastoral Associate, Bill Frederick, will help you in any way they can to make sure your family is well cared for. 

Funeral Receptions are often held in our church hall in the lower level of the church building.  We will help you get in contact with St. Catherine’s Caring Committee, and they will do all they can to make sure your meal runs smoothly, including helping you plan and order food.

All Souls’ Day Remembrance of Those Who Have Died

Every year during a Mass at the beginning of November, on, or around the time of the Feast of All Souls, November 2nd, St. Catherine’s gives honor to all those who have passed away since the previous November.  Family members of those whose funerals were held at St. Catherine’s are mailed invitations to attend this beautiful celebration, which is followed by an hors d’oeuvres reception.

Jacob’s Ladder

Also during November each year, parishioners are invited to bring framed photos of loved ones who have died to be displayed with candles and fall decorations on our Jacob’s Ladder in the Gathering Area of church.  Watch the website and the bulletin for an announcement about bringing photos to church.