Welcome to Prince of Peace Pastoral Ministry

Those among us who are sick, homebound, disabled, elderly or who find themselves in personal or family crisis situations are a special concern to Prince of Peace Catholic Church.

Various networks have been established in the parish to address the pastoral needs of our people. Check out the areas below to learn more about our pastoral ministries.

  • Funeral Mass
  • Bereavement Support
  • Anointing of the Sick
  • Eucharistic Ministry

The purpose of a Funeral Mass is:

    • To offer worship to God for Christ’s victory over death,
    • To comfort the mourners with prayers,
    • To pray for the soul of the deceased.

Prince of Peace Catholic Church follows the Order of Christian Funerals for celebration of the funeral rite.

The three rituals in the funeral rite are:

Vigil:  The Vigil Service is usually conducted in the funeral home on the eve of the Funeral Mass.  The Vigil is a Scripture or Evening Prayer Service.

Funeral Mass:  The tradition of the Church has always been the celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial with the body present.  Christians respect and honor the body of the dead; which in Baptism becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit.  The Funeral Mass includes the Rite of Reception; the Liturgy of the Word, the Liturgy of the Eucharist, and the Final Commendation and Farewell.

Rite of Committal:  The Rite of Committal is the conclusion of the funeral rites and may be celebrated beside the open grave or place of interment.  Following the celebration of the Funeral Mass, the earthly remains of the deceased are to be reverently buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum.    We encourage full celebration of the funeral rites. No one should be denied a funeral due to neglect of the practice of the faith or financial constraints.

Cremation: Cremation is now permitted by the Church.  The Church clearly prefers and urges that the body of the deceased be present for the funeral rites, since the presence of the human body better expresses the values which the Church affirms in those rites.  The Church stresses that the cremated remains of the deceased are to be treated with the same respect given to the body; namely, they too should be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium.  The practice of scattering cremated remains, dividing the remains, or keeping them at home is not the reverent disposition that the Church requires.

Eulogy: Eulogies do not belong in Catholic funerals, such being inappropriate at a funeral liturgy.  The Order of Christian Funerals recognizes the need to reflect on the life of the deceased loved one by offering words of remembrance of faith.  The faithful can be informed of a personal life during the following occasions:
- At the vigil prayer service 
- At the graveside after the Rite of Committal.
- At the reception after the funeral liturgy.
 Note: any comment made regarding the deceased person must:
- Be short, no more than five minutes – Only one family member or friend may speak – The faith remembrance is to take place prior to the start of the funeral liturgy  – Make no reference to the deceased person being in Heaven. Only the Church has the authority to canonize.  – The priest may express a few words of gratitude about the person’s life in his homily.

Symbols: Only Christian symbols may rest on or near the coffin during the funeral liturgy.  Flags are to be removed from the coffin at the entrance of the church and may be replaced after the coffin has been taken from the church.

Music: The music for the celebration of the funeral rites should be chosen with great care.  The music at funerals should support, console, and uplift the participants and should help to create in them a spirit of hope in Christ’s victory over death and in the Christian’s share in that victory.  Non-liturgical or secular music is forbidden during the funeral rites, particularly in the Church. The priest and music director have final approval of proper liturgical music.

Interment: The preferred place of burial is a Catholic cemetery. In the event that a Catholic is interred in a secular or military cemetery the grave or crypt should be blessed at the time of committal.

Funeral Mass Pre-Arrangements: Prince of Peace offers the opportunity to pre-arrange your Funeral Mass.  When you plan your funeral, it can give you peace of mind, help alleviate confusion, and ease family distress.  The bereavement coordinator will meet with you and explain the available options and procedures.

For more information on funerals at Prince of Peace Catholic Church please fill out the form below or  call the Parish Office at 813-634-2328.

Bereavement Support Group at Prince of Peace Catholic Church

HOPE   TRUST   FAITH

HOPE is not pretending that troubles do not exist.
It is TRUST that they will not last forever, that hurts will be healed and difficulties overcome.
It is FAITH that is a source of strength and renewal which lies within us, to lead us through the dark to the light.

Mission Statement
Remembering the promise of the passion and resurrection of Jesus, we offer encouragement and support during the grief process.  We provide a confidential listening environment to promote the expression of the bereaved.

Goals

  • Highlight the spiritual elements of grief and healing.
  • Recognizing and understanding the stages of grief and coping with the feelings that accompany each.
  • Surviving stress and loneliness.
  • Working out anger, confusion and disbelief.
  • Transitioning in the physical, physiological and social interaction
  • Reaching acceptance
  • The value of memories.
  • Life after a loss.

Guidelines

  • Confidentiality- All conversations within the group are confidential.
  • Listening – Listen to each person and support them without criticism.
  • Support  – Allow group members to cry and express their emotions.
  • Speaking –  Allow each person to speak as needed.
  • Respecting – Respect each member’s situation and how they cope.  Everyone grieves differently and we can all learn from each other.

Gather
The group will meet every Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for a session of six weeks.  The location of the meetings will be in the Conesa Center, room 2.

WINTER SESSION:  Begins in January
SPRING SESSION:  Begins in April
SUMMER SESSION:  Begins in July
AUTUMN SESSION:  Begins in October

For reservations or more information on the Bereavement Support Group at Prince of Peace Catholic Church please fill out the form below or call the Parish Office at 813-634-2328.

The Catechism explains, “This sacred anointing of the sick was instituted by Christ our Lord as a true and proper sacrament of the New Testament. It is alluded to indeed by Mark, but is recommended to the faithful and promulgated by James the apostle and brother of the Lord” (CCC 1511; Mark 6:13; Jas. 5:14-15).

The anointing of the sick conveys several graces and imparts gifts of strengthening in the Holy Spirit against anxiety, discouragement, and temptation, and conveys peace and fortitude (CCC 1520). These graces flow from the atoning death of Jesus Christ, for “this was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, ‘He took our infirmities and bore our diseases’” (Matt. 8:17).

The Sacrament’s Effects  “The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects: the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole Church; the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of illness or old age; the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of penance; the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul; the preparation for passing over to eternal life” (CCC 1532).

Does a person have to be dying to receive this sacrament?   No. The Catechism says, “The anointing of the sick is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived” (CCC 1514).

Prince of Peace Catholic Church offers anointing of the sick at the 8:00 am Mass the first Monday of the month or as needed.

For more information please fill out the form below or call the Parish Office at 813-634-2328.

Guidelines for Distribution of the Eucharistic in Our Community

The Diocese of St. Petersburg has guidelines for the distribution of the Holy Eucharist within the community.  It is important to follow the procedures that are in place to protect the integrity of the precious body of Christ.  Only commissioned Extraordinary Ministers are authorized to distribute the Holy Eucharist.

Requirements:  To be eligible to distribute the Eucharist in the community, you must be fingerprinted and attend a two hour Safe Environment Program.  After that is completed, you will meet with the Pastoral Outreach Coordinator, who will train you in the process of visiting parishioners in our community.

Our parishioners who are unable to attend church are an integral part of our parish and are in communion with us even though they are not physically present.  God asks us to love one another and proclaim His word.  A beautiful way to do that is through the Outreach Ministry.  A half hour of your time, one day a week, can bring a wealth of joy and comfort to someone who can no long attend church.

“Amen I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these my least brothers, you did it to Me.” Matthew 25:40 

If you would like to volunteer for this pastoral ministry or are in need of the Eucharist at home, contact the pastoral outreach coordinator, 634-2328 or pam@popcc.org.

If you would like to volunteer for this pastoral ministry or are in need of Eucharist at home, please fill out the form below or call the Parish Office at 813-634-2328.