Reproductive and Child Loss Ministry

 

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 

 

Upcoming Events

Naming and Commendation Rite

October 23rd in ICD's main church following the noon mass

For questions please reach out to Debbie Hilke at 4Hilke@gmail.com or

Kristin Kranz at kristin.roider5@gmail.com

Naming and Commendation of an Infant Who Died Before Birth rite offers support to parents whose children died before birth because of miscarriage, stillbirth, accident or abortion. Parents and families of any religious background are invited to attend, whether the loss was recent or long ago.

 

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)

 

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

 

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

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)

 

*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