Funeral Ministry Consultation

Death and bereavement are part of our common human experience. Ministry with the dying and the bereaved, particularly around the time of the funeral, is an important aspect of the life and mission of parishes.  

In response to an increase in pastoral issues associated with funeral ministry and the Funeral Rites, the Diocesan Liturgy Council invites you to participate in a Consultation and Discernment Process to review the existing 2002 Diocesan Guidelines for Funeral Ministry.

All members of the Church, particularly those involved in bereavement and funeral ministry in parishes, schools, aged care facilities, hospitals and other community settings are invited to participate in the first series of Reflective Dialogues. 

The current Diocesan Funeral Guidelines are out of date and the pastoral context in which we minister, including the needs and expectations of people, has changed significantly in recent years.

It is therefore timely to undertake a consultation and discernment process to review our diocesan guidelines.  Critical to this process is listening to the experience of the Catholic community – clergy, parish funeral ministers, all those who engage in pastoral ministry in schools, aged care facilities, hospitals and elsewhere.  Listening is the purpose of the first round of Reflective Dialogues. 

For all information about venues, times and RSVP details, see below or download the promotional flyer.

Information about the entire process is available on under Guidelines for the Order of Christian Funerals. This information will be regularly updated.

Date Time Venue
Sunday 8 October 2 - 4.30 pm The Therry Centre - New England Hwy, East Maitland
Saturday 14 October 9 - 11.30 am John Lavery Hall, Sugarloaf Parish - 30 Oakland St, Glendale
Sunday 22 October 1.30 - 4 pm  Forster Parish Hall - 33 Lake St, Forster
Sunday 29 October 1.30 - 4 pm School Library, St Joseph’s H/School - 55 Segenhoe St, Aberdeen
Sunday 5 November 1.30 - 4 pm Toohey Room, Diocesan Offices - 841 Hunter St, Newcastle West

Morning/afternoon tea provided. For catering purposes please book with Zoë Marr via email or call 02 4979 1328.

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Louise Gannon rsj is the Diocesan Manager of Worship and Prayer.