ICD's Reproductive and Child Loss ministry offers support for those who are experiencing/have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, life-limiting prenatal diagnosis, infertility, loss of a young child, or abortion. Please contact one of our ministry leaders for assistance.

Pam Sharkey: (636) 439-0235, pamelasharkey@gmail.com

Craig Weber: (314) 306- 4470, cweb3158@aol.com 

 

-If you are currently in the process of suffering a loss and want a Catholic perspective on what to expect and what the Church can do for you and your family please see the links below.  Immaculate Conception of Dardenne has a number of liturgical rites and services avaliable for you and your child. The parish also has a special burial garden on site.

Please reach out to the Parish Office center (636-561-6611) or one of our ministry leaders if you need guidance during this difficult time. Prayers for you and your family.

Practical Catholic Miscarriage and Loss Support

Late Miscarriage or Stillbirth at the Hospital

Preemie and Infant Death

Spiritual Catholic Support

 

 

Resources for Help and Healing

Child Loss 

Annie's Hope (focuses on support for the family or sibling)

Grief Share (not focused only on child loss, but also includes other family members)

Bereaved Parents USA

Memorial Pics from Gone too Soon Program (free photo to add to a headstone for those who lose a child under 18)

Red Bird Ministries (also has an app)

 

Life Limiting Prenatal Diagnois

Perinatal Hospice and Palliative Care

USCCB Prenatal Diagnosis Support

 

Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Infant loss

Catholic Miscarriage Support

Mercy HeartPrints

SHARE Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support

Behold Your Child Ministry

Our Fruitful Love

Life Perspectives Miscarriage Support

Red Bird Ministries (also has an app)

 

Abortion

Archdiocese of St. Louis Abortion Healing Ministry provides support via phone/text at 314.406.0815 or email at hopehealing@archstl.org 

Rachel's Vineyard

Project Rachel

Support After Abortion

 

Infertility

St. Louis Archdiocese Natural Family Planning (offers the Enkindle program which includes a free 30 minute session by calling 314-997-7576)

USCCB Infertility Support

NaPro Physician List

Our Fruitful Love

 

Photography Services

On Angel Wings Photography (located in Springfield, but are very willing to travel to document deliveries and maternity sessions for those diagnosed with a life limiting prenatal diagnosis)

 

Burial Resources

Autumn's Gift- Hutchens Funeral Home

Heaven's Gain Ministries

Trappist Caskets (may be available for free or at a reduced cost)

 

For Fathers

Catholic Miscarriage Support for Fathers

 

*Due to limitations in reviewing all the content found in these resources, Immaculate Conception of Dardenne Catholic Church cannot fully endorse everything found in these materials. The materials are simply recommended as helpful resources.

 

 

The chart below includes various Catholic Liturgical Rites available for those who are experiencing/have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, infant loss, or a life-limiting prenatal diagnosis. Please reach out to one of our ministers or call the Parish Office at 636-561-6611 if you would like clergy to administer one of these rites/service.

 

Liturgical Rite

Minister

Notes

Rite of Baptism for Children in Danger of Death When No Priest or Deacon is Available, Rite of Baptism for Children, #157-164 Any suitable member of the church

In case of extreme emergency, any person, even non-Christians, may validly baptize a child

Order for Blessing of Parents after Miscarriage, Book of Blessings, p. 86 Priest, Deacon, or Lay Minister

For use in hospital, home, or church

Prayers after Death, Order of Christian Funerals, (OCF) #101 - 108 Priest, Deacon, or Lay Minister To be adapted for children
Gathering in the Presence of the Body OCF, #109 - 118 Priest, Deacon, or Lay Minister To be adapted for children
Vigil for A Deceased Child, OCF, #243 - 263 Priest, Deacon, or Lay Minister Prayers and Scripture may be selected. For use in church, hospital, home, or funeral home.
E. For the Funeral of a Baptized Child; Roman Missal, Masses for the Dead Priest  
F. For the Funeral of a Child who Died Before Baptism; Roman Missal, Masses for the Dead Priest  
Funeral Liturgy, OCF, #264-294 Priest

Prayers and Scriptures may be selected. For the unbaptized, the rites are adapted. See OCF rubrics.

Funeral Liturgy outside Mass OCF, #295 - 315 Priest or Deacon, or Lay Minister in the absence of a Priest or Deacon Prayers and Scripture may be selected. For the unbaptized, the rites are adapted. For use in church, funeral home, or hospital chapel
Rite of Committal, OCF, #316 - 326 Priest, Deacon, or Lay Minister At cemetery after Funeral Liturgy
Rite of Committal with Final Commendation, OCF, #327 - 336 Priest, Deacon, or Lay Minister At cemetery when Funeral Liturgy has not been celebrated
Rite of Final Commendation for an Infant, OCF, #337 - 342 Priest, Deacon, or Lay Minister For use at cemetery, in a home or hospital
Masses for the Dead II. On the Anniversary (Roman Missal) Priest On the anniversary of the death of a child.
Masses for the Dead III. Various Commemorations (Roman Missal) Priest For use on various commemorations for the dead.
Rite of Blessing of the Child in the Womb, USCCB Priest or Deacon For use anywhere while child is in the womb
Sample petitions for liturgies OCF, General Intercessions and litanies, #6-7 Priest, Deacon, or Lay Minister For use during liturgies or prayer services