Divine Worship
66 Brooks Drive
Braintree, MA 02184-3839


Thomas Lyman
Coordinator of Divine Worship
Office: 617-746-5880
Fr. Jonathan M. Gaspar
Archdiocesan Master of Ceremonies and Chaplain
Diane Campbell
Executive Assistant, Secretariat for Evangelization and Discipleship
Office: 617-746-5761
Fax: 617-779-4570

Divine Worship


Ministry of Consolation

Funeral Policy

The establishment of a bereavement ministry is encouraged for every parish of the Archdiocese.
  1. A bereavement ministry is a part of the ministry of the Church. "Those who are baptized into Christ and nourished at the same table of the Lord are to be responsible for each other" (OCF #8). This ministry of mutual charity, caring for others in sickness, death, and mourning, is a call to every believer — priest, deacon, religious, layperson. The responsibility of the bereavement ministry rests with the community, which is to be instructed in this care by pastors, parochial vicars, and other ministers.
  2. The ministry of bereavement extends well beyond the time of the funeral.
  3. Hospice chaplains and health care providers who have accompanied the deceased and their family in the last days of life often come from a diverse background. The best role for them at the time of the funeral rites is often not in the liturgy but rather to accompany the family in prayer and support.