PRINCE ALBERT — The ministry of Comfort and Care for Widowed Persons at St. Joseph Parish in Prince Albert continues to promote the well-being of those who have lost a spouse in the parish, with a mission to experience the presence of Christ through genuine caring, comforting and encouragement of one another.
The group was founded in November 2009 and continues today with pastor Rev. Roque Concepcion. The group began with 15 members and has steadily grown over the years to its present state of 37.
The group meets twice a month from September through June. On the second Thursday of each month, they gather in the morning for coffee, prayer and fellowship. On the fourth Thursday, a brief meeting is held, followed by a program, sometimes including a guest speaker. Birthdays are celebrated and they support their members in their extra curricular activities.
Throughout the year, the group annually organizes a Christmas social and a wind-up barbecue in June. Special memorial evenings are held in September, November and Easter to honour spouses.
The members are committed to serving their community through many projects, including baby baskets for Family Futures in Prince Albert, leading the Stations of the Cross during Lent and facilitating a parish hospitality coffee on the third Sunday of the month following mass.
In November 2014, the group celebrated its fifth anniversary with a mass, potluck supper and memorial program.
One member shared, “We are dedicated participants in other parish ministries and committees, participating in parish socials and functions. We are a diverse group of widowed people in our parish, but we journey together to bring fulfillment and balance in our lives through growth in faith, friendship and service.”