Pastoral Project

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Herman, Marcella
Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology
The pastoral concern I will address in my project is in the area of ministry to people who are grieving. After there has been a death in the family, when the funeral is over and the family members have returned to their daily routine there is still a need for the grieving people to talk and remember the person who has died. In Our Lady of Consolation parish we have many active ministries performed by several priests and brothers along with myself. One unique aspect of our parish is the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation which shares the parish church as well as the parish ministers. there are 80 to 90 thousand pilgrims coming each year to pray at the Shrine. Many have received physical and spiritual healing. For most of the people there is a great sense of peace in bringing their sorrows and pains into the prayerful atmosphere.