ROSEMONT – “To Comfort All Who Mourn: A Workshop for Parish Bereavement Ministry Teams” will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Chapel of St. Thomas of Villanova Parish in Rosemont.

Mass will be celebrated prior to the workshop at 9 a.m. in the parish chapel.

Geared to bereavement and grief ministry teams, clergy and others planning to become involved in bereavement ministry, the workshop will provide practical tips on how to help those who are grieving.

Among other themes, the conference will highlight how a bereavement ministry team is built, how bereavement ministry meetings are conducted and how to provide ongoing formation for bereavement ministry members.

The conference, which is sponsored by the archdiocesan Family Life Office, will also underscore the importance of consistent collaboration and communication between a parish’s bereavement ministry team and the parish pastor.

The workshop presenters are: Father Stephen P. DeLacy, school minister at Pope John Paul II High School in Upper Providence Township; and, from the Family Life Office, Dominic Lombardi, director; and Tara Plymouth, coordinator of Family Life Ministry.

A question-and-answer session will follow the presentations.

For more information, access the web site of the Family Life Office at or call the office at 215-587-3516.


CS&T Staff Writer Christie L. Chicoine