Bereavement Ministry

St. Charles Bereavement Ministry Team

“Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Luke 6:21

St. Charles Parish extends its heartfelt condolences and prayers for the loss of your loved one. May your faith in the hope of the Risen Christ bring you strength, peace, and, consolation.

The Bereavement Ministry Team aims to continue the healing ministry of Jesus and to fulfill the Corporal Mercy of the Church “to bury the dead”.  We provide compassionate and loving support to bereaved parishioners and their families by helping them prepare and participate in the Liturgy of the Order of Christian Funeral.  Furthermore, we assist in the following ways:

  • Offer spiritual support and healing to all who are mourning due to the loss of a loved one.
  • Assist the grieving family in the liturgical planning, including the prayers, readings, and music.
  • Encourage the grieving family to actively participate in the Liturgy.
  • Provide other assistance such as the Vigil Service, the burial, or the reception.

For Diocesan Policy on Catholic Funeral Rites including cremation, go to the following website:


If you are interested in joining this ministry at St. Charles Parish, please contact Lita Velasquez at 619-690-0422.