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09-28-24 Franklin One-Day Retreat

Sep 28 2024 9:30AM to 6:30 PM

St Mary Parish
1 Central Square
Franklin Massachusetts, 02452

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Archdiocese of Boston

Franklin, MA

Serving the Spiritual Needs of Grieving Parents

Saturday, September 28, 2024


St. Mary’s Parish
1 Church Square, Franklin, MA 02038

Space can be limited.  Please register today.

A Spiritual Retreat for Parents
Who Have Experienced the Death of a Child
of Any Age, by Any Cause, No Matter How Long Ago

Of all the pains that life can hand us, arguably one of the most searing is the death of a child.
A parent’s world irrevocably changes forever.
Focusing on the spirituality of the grieving process can help tremendously.

As Jesus joined his distraught disciples
on the road to Emmaus after his crucifixion,
we ask him to join each of us in this ministry
as we continue on our difficult journeys from grief
to the healing peace that we, like Jesus’ disciples,
can find in the Eucharistic community.

To meet the needs of parents whose children have died,
the Parish of St. Mary in Franklin, MA
now offers the Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents.
A unique, faith-based program providing spiritual retreats for grieving parents offered by grieving parents,
the Emmaus Ministry offers a safe place where you can find peace, comfort, and hope–at least for a time.

Join us in a warm and loving environment with others who know somewhat of your pain.


Retreat agenda includes prayer services, spiritual reflections,
breakout sessions, Emmaus Walk, and Mass.
All sessions are optional.
All participation is optional.
You will not be called upon to tell your story.
Many parents participate by listening.

Spiritual Leader:  Father Robert Poitras, Pastor of St. Mary’s

The purpose of this retreat is to give yourself the gift of time
to focus on your own individual spiritual journey,
to focus on questions, such as …
Where is God in my pain…Where is my child now…
How can my faith help me through this horrible reality of life without my child?

All are Welcome.

Donation:  $25/individual
Fee includes a light breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all retreat materials.
Scholarships are available.

For more information, contact Pauline Medeiros, David’s Mother at 508-314-7577
Or [email protected]
Or contact Diane Monaghan, Paul’s Mother at 800-919-9332 or [email protected]
Registration often closes early as space is limited.