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Members of Our Lady and St. John are strongly encouraged to support the ministries of our host parish, St. Martin of Tours, and of the wider Archdiocese of Louisville:

The Child Bereavement Care Package Ministry is sponsored by Our Lady and St. John Catholic Community.  We assemble and deliver gift baskets to families who have experienced the death of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, or other causes. Our aim is to let the families know they are not alone, and to offer ongoing support and friendship in their time of grief. We accept donations from members and friends throughout the Louisville and Southern Indiana area, many from families who have experienced the loss of a child themselves.


The bereaved family receives a gift basket and/or a visit from a member of this ministry, and the opportunity to talk with a priest for pastoral care. Each gift basket or care package is unique to the recipient, completely free, and confidential. Gift baskets are available to families of any background of faith, race, culture, or life situation.  Potential contents may include a prayer shawl, candles, tea, journals, chocolate, wall plaque, books about coping with grief and loss, and much more.  For fellow Catholics, we include an icon and a guide on praying Compline with other appropriate prayers.  We also include our recipients in our parish’s mass intentions monthly. Please contact us via email if you’d like to contribute to our ministry. 

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