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Support for the Grieving

Each day can be a lonely, difficult time for those grieving the loss of a loved one. Know that you are never alone. Your St. Francis Parish Community walks with you through this journey. Men and women who have lost loved ones and know how you feel are available to companion you on this journey.

To find out what resources are available here to support you, contact Fr. Tom Wasilewski frtom[at] stfrancisa2 [dot] org or at 821-2100.

Workshop Information:
Opening Session: Friday January 29, 7-9pm (church)
And Saturday January 30, 9-3:30pm ( Parish Activity Center)

With support from Nie Family Funeral Home

Guided by the Holy Spirit, “Grieving with Great Hope” is a weekend grief support workshop that offers prayerful reflection, practical learning and personal fellowship. If you are grieving the death of a family member or a friend, and trying to learn how to cope with your loss, you are encouraged to attend. Presenters will include Fr. James Conlon as well as John and Sandy O’Shaughnessy from Good Mourning Ministry. For more information about Good Mourning Ministry, please visit their website at

"As a Pastor I have celebrated hundreds of Funeral Liturgies and have always wanted to offer Catholic grief support to the thousands of people who were friend or family to the person who died. "Grieving with Great Hope" uses Jesus as a role model on how to grieve. It beautifully blends the richness the Catholic faith and its rituals, with practical tools and personal fellowship that help people transform their loss and begin to heal their wounds." Fr. Dave Sizemore- Pastor at St. John Neumann, Sunbury OH.

“I came in alone and left with new friends. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." Sandy Noland

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Mt 5:4

“I loved this workshop. I will do it again after I take time to actually use the tools you have given us to
grieve with hope." Mike Kovalcheck

“It was very nice to sit back, hear someone say out loud what I was thinking and be able to read it
in the workbook. This made it very easy to understand what I’m going through. Thank you! God
bless you and your family.” Nicole Fowler

“This workshop exceeded my expectations. I loved how the Catholic faith was woven into the latest
research on grief and mourning. By dispelling the misconceptions of grief, our group was able to openly
share their grief. I will put what I have learned into my professional counseling as well as my personal
toolbox." Cherelle Putz, MA, LLPC


For more information, contact Kelly Hernandez at (734) 821-2122 or

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