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Grief Care Ministry


Ministry of Consolation
Contact: Ed Hopfner
Ministry of Consolation Coordinator
The Ministry of Consolation/Grief Care Program is based in our Catholic tradition promoting an awareness of grief as a normal life process, calling the faithful to a ―ministry of consolation‖ to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.
―The Church calls each member of Christ’s Body – priest, deacon, layperson—to participate in the ministry of consolation: to care for the dying, to pray for the dead, to comfort those who mourn.
Order of Christian Funerals; Catholic Book Publishing Co., New Jersey, 1998
Ministry of Consolation: Archdiocese of San Francisco
Training for Ministers to the Bereaved:
Training Includes:
Order of Christian Funerals
The Grief Process
Listening/Communication Skills
Caring for the Minister
Planning Your Program
Support Groups
Reasons for Training:
To promote awareness of grief and the needs of grieving people
To prepare comforters/ministers with the tools and education needed to be present to the bereaved
To develop parish-based grief care programs tailored to local needs and to use the gifts and talents of parish members and staff
To support on-going parish grief care programs through continuing education and resources
To care for grieving people by sponsoring support groups
Contact Ed Hopfner for training: 415-614-5547
Parish Support Groups
San Francisco County
St. Dominic
2390 Bust Street 94115
Structured 8 Week Group: Evenings
Contact: Deacon Chuck McNeil 415-567-7824
St. Gabriel (closed group)
2559 40th Avenue 94116
1st & 3rd Tuesdays 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Contact: Parish Center 415-731-6161
St. Mary’s Cathedral
1111 Gough Street 94109
3rd Wednesdays of the Month: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Contact: Deacon Christoph Sandoval 415-567-2020 x218
Marin County
St. Anthony, Novato
1000 Cambridge Street 94947
Drop-In-Group: Once a Month: Morning
Contact: Parish Center 415-883-2177
St. Hilary, Tiburon
761 Hilary Drive 94920
Structured 8 Week Group: Early Afternoon
Contact: Parish Center 415-435-1122
Our Lady of Loretto, Novato
1806 Novato Blvd. 94947
Structured 8 Week Group: Late Afternoon
Contact: Sr. Jeanette 415-897-2171
(individual grief counseling also available)
San Mateo County 
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Redwood City
300 Fulton Street 94062
Weekly Ongoing Group: Thursday Evenings 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Contact: Parish Center 650-366-3802
St. Bartholomew, San Mateo
600 Columbia Dr. 94402
2nd & 4th Thursdays 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Contact: Parish Center 650-347-0701
St. Pius, Redwood City
1100 Woodside Road 94061
Structured 8 Week Group: Monday 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Contact: Parish Center 650-361-0655 or
St. Robert, San Bruno
349 Oak Avenue 94066
Twice a Month: Saturday 3:00pm – 4:35pm
Contact: Sr. Patricia O’Sullivan 650-589-0104