405 S. Church St., Wentzville, MO 63385 | 636-332-9225

Grief Support

St. Patrick Grief Support Ministry offers “Grieving with Great Hope”, a six-week grief support workshop, presented in DVD format two times per year (spring & fall). Presenters will include Fr. John Riccardo, as well as John and Sandy O’Shaughnessy from Good Mourning Ministry, a Catholic bereavement apostolate. They are grief educators, but in this series, you will learn they have experienced profound grief themselves.

Grief is a natural, necessary, and highly personal experience unique to everyone. While grief does not follow a timetable, it does ease over time. Facing grief and working through it can result in newfound peace, strength, and purpose.

“Grieving with Great Hope gives people who are mourning the loss of a loved one a path through the valley of grief. It connects people with people, here on earth and on their way home. And in the end, we are all led to the Great Healer, Jesus Christ, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.” – Fr. John Riccardo

This workshop is a prayerful, practical, and personal approach for anyone who is mourning the loss of a loved one. If you have lost a spouse, a child (including pregnancy loss), a grandchild, a parent, a family member, or a friend, you are encouraged to attend.  

"Grieving with Great Hope" is offered twice a year for anyone 18 years or older and the ministry offers a Mass of Remembrance in November.

Next Support Series
Tuesdays, March 19 - April 23 (no meeting March 26), 2024
6:30 PM • Rectory Meeting Room
Monday, April 29, 2024
6:00 PM • Church
6-week Session
Please register. No fee to attend. Call 636-236-2573.

 Sally • 636-236-2573

You and your family are warmly invited to join us for our annual

Mass of Remembrance on Sat, November TBD at 9:00 AM

This is a beautiful liturgy to honor loved ones who have gone before us to live in the light of the Lord.

If you would like to have someone remembered in a special way, you can

  • Janet Orf at 636-614-6597 or Sally Owens at 636-236-2573
  • Write down the name(s) of whomever you want to be remembered along with your name & phone number and put it in the collection basket in an envelope marked “Mass of Remembrance, Attn: Emily”.
  • Email Emily at ercella1s@gmail.com the name(s) of whomever you want to be remembered along with your name & phone number.

Please print clearly and include phonetic spellings for commonly mispronounced names. Names will be accepted up to 8:30 that morning.

Before Mass, candles brought in by families (mark candle with your name) will be placed on a table in front of the sanctuary as a sign of Christ’s undying presence among us, of His victory over sin and death, and of our share in the victory by virtue of our initiation. During Mass, the names of all the departed will be read. We will not have candles available for use or purchase.

Join us in-person or online


Note: There will be no 8:00 AM Mass on November TBD, only 9:00 AM.

Hosted by St. Patrick Grief Support Ministry


In times of death and life adjustment to loss, our parish goal is to make sure that every parish family member receives as much love, comfort, and assistance as we can provide. Our Grief Support Ministry at St. Patrick Parish has many wonderful resources to offer adults who have suffered the loss of a loved one and actively participates in the following:

  • Grief Support Group                              
  • Shared Meals & Activities
  • Prayer Blankets
  • Mass of Remembrance

Our overall goal is to help those who are grieving and mourning realize they are not alone. Emphasis is placed on spiritual, physical, and emotional aspects of grieving and mourning. A secure and safe environment is provided as participants express their grief, listen to others’ experiences, learn about grief and mourning, and remember their loved ones. Due to the nature of our support group, participants are expected to maintain the confidentiality of our discussions. Let us be companions on your journey.