This year, Father John is hoping to make a difference at Gilmour by introducing the sacredness of death, a subject that people tend to avoid. The Tobit Ministry intends to help families of the deceased feel that they are not alone. The Tobit Ministry encourages students who are interested in corporal works of mercy to come forward and act as children of God.
The Tobit Ministry encourages students who are interested in corporal works of mercy to come forward and act as children of God.
People who join the Tobit Ministry act as “pallbearers at funerals for families who cannot provide because of age or economic situations,” says Father John.
He has already had about ten students sign up to be in the Tobit Ministry including Connor Deckard(`11) and Rosa Heryak (`12).
In September, a 92-year-oldwoman had passed away leaving just one relative still alive, her son. Six Gilmour students helped out as this funeral at Gesu church. This funeral marked the beginning of the Tobit Ministry.
After the funeral, three attendees told Father John how beautiful it was for these students to help. Connor Deckard (`11) who participated as a pallbearer at this
Connor Deckard (`11) who participated as a pallbearer at this funeral says, “It was so sad that the deceased was without a lot of family. I was glad I could help the family out in any way I could.”
Rosa Heryak (`12) was also a pallbearer at this funeral. Since she had never seen a female pallbearer before, she thought it was really special that she could be one. She says, “I was glad to help someone in need. If I was in the same position as that one relative, I would be very appreciative of the Tobit Ministry caring so much to be there.”
The other students who attended the funeral to express universal care are Julia Tvardoskaya (`12), Kennedy Ricci (`13), John Harper (`11) and Kevin Dagg (`11).
Students interested in joining the Tobit Ministry need to see Father John. Upon acceptance, student ministers will receive service hours for their volunteer work.
Father John hopes to host a training session for members of this ministry once a committed group is established. Student ministers need to particulars about consoling those who are mourning the death of a friend or family member.
The Tobit Ministry focuses on serving the people on the east side of Cleveland because that is the place of greatest need.
Ultimately, this ministry helps to console families and also gives students a different perspective on life and will hopefully have a profound effect on them.