GriefShare sessions will begin May 7, 2019
GriefShare is a special seminar and support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. This group is sponsored by people who understand what you are experiencing and want to offer you comfort and encouragement during this difficult time.

Each GriefShare session includes a video seminar and group discussion. A GriefShare workbook assists you with note-taking, journaling and grief study. The videos feature top experts on grief recovery, dramatic reenactments about living with grief and real-life stories of people who have experienced losses like yours.

LOSS OF A SPOUSE - Thursday, March 14 at Immaculate Conception in Botkins: Loss of a Spouse is a single evening GriefShare seminar. The death of a spouse brings a unique kind of pain. People who are widowed haven’t just lost a loved one—they’ve lost an entire lifestyle. That’s why we’re offering this new program.  This program will be repeated in the fall of 2019 at St Joseph in Wapakoneta.

This two-hour seminar works just like a typical GriefShare meeting or a Surviving the Holidays event, with a short video followed by small-group discussion. The video features expert Christian counselors, authors, and pastors, including new interviews with some of your favorites from the GriefShare curriculum.

Participants will also take home a valuable Loss of a Spouse booklet that includes:

  1. ·                   A video note-taking outline
  2. ·                   Devotional materials that help people find hope in God’s Word
  3. ·                   Grief recovery exercises
  4. ·                   Journaling prompts.          

SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS - November 12, 2019.  Session will be held at St Joseph Adult Center, 6:30-8:30pm.  This single-session is designed to help participants through the holidays - especially Thanksgiving and Christmas.    Call Angie Woodruff (937-693-7622 ) or Lori Wilson (419-738-2115) for more information or to register.   We're here to help you on your journey from Mourning to Joy. 

Stephen Ministry 

Petersburg Parishes are fortunate to have Stephen Ministry available to provide one-to-one Christian care to hurting people in our congregations.  The name Stephen comes from St. Stephen, who was the first layperson commissioned by the Apostles to provide caring ministry to those in need.  (Acts 6).


What is Stephen Ministry and why do I need it?  Stephen Ministry multiplies the number of caregivers by equipping laypeople to provide high-quality Christian care.  By meeting many of the needs for care, Stephen Ministry will give our priests and deacons more time to focus on other areas of ministry.  Hurting people receive quality Christian care, complete confidentiality, and deepen their relationship with Jesus.  Our pastoral region becomes a warmer, more loving community as more people are equipped to care and more lives are touched by Christ’s love.   “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.”  (Romans 12:15)


            Currently we have 8 active Stephen Ministers, a few of whom are currently providing care.  We are looking for more people to become trained Stephen Ministers and people who are in need of care following the death of a loved one, coping with illness, divorce, unemployment or any other life challenges.  Please continue to watch for more information on how to become a Stephen Minister and/or receive help.  At any time, feel free to call and inquire about either or both.  Call or text Pam Coon, (419)302-0119.