Seasons of Hope Catholic Grief Support

Our Lord assured us that those who mourn are blessed, and that they shall be comforted. Seasons of Hope offers those grieving an opportunity to come together to share in God’s love. With the support of the faith community, we can give voice to our unique journeys of grief and find healing and spiritual growth. Seasons of Hope sessions help us explore mourning through scripture, prayer, reflection activities and faith sharing.

Seasons of Hope is centered on Jesus Christ and grounded in the healing wisdom, traditions, and practices of the Catholic Church.

Each year, many families face the loss of loved ones who are members of the parish. Our Catholic tradition provides funeral support and now Seasons of Hope can carry that caring spirit into the difficult period that follows when grief can overwhelm. It also serves those who mourn loved ones from outside our parish community. They too may feel isolated, empty, and broken-hearted.

For those searching for hope, a Seasons of Hope group is a nurturing link to the Church, the Almighty, and other people of faith who are also mourning.

A Christ-centered support group is for you if any of these are true:

  • You are looking for friends in Christ to share your journey of sorrow.
  • You have been trying to figure out the meaning of your grief.
  • You want to get on with life but have not been able to.
  • You find comfort in the teaching of Christ.
  • You are open to new ways of coping with your grief.
  • You do not want to feel alone anymore.

About the Team

Bernadette Beyer, LMFT is a parishioner with professional expertise and personal experiences with grief which have prepared her to walk with others as they heal from the death of a loved one. As a licensed therapist, she has been offering Pastoral Counseling for many years.  Born in Chicago, she relocated to Michigan and has recently returned to Illinois. Bernie looks forward to ministering as a volunteer facilitator for this support group.

Paula DeLeon is a parishioner and retired business professional. She has found that turning to Christ in both her joys and sorrows has led her to appreciate her faith with new zest. Paula has volunteered to journey with the support group as a co-facilitator.

Come and be comforted.

Seasons of Hope meets for six weeks. Any parishioner who is mourning the loss of a loved one is encouraged to attend and invited to bring a guest. Please join us:

Tuesdays 1:00-2:00pm in the Gathering Place
Nov 8, 15
Dec 6, 13
Jan 10, 17


All who are grieving the loss of a loved one are welcome. Contact Roberta Balsewicz at 630-922-0081 x7 or with questions.