Workshops

Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose offers educational sessions for parishes and other organizations. As part of our outreach services there is no cost to the parish, organization, or individual attendees. Our workshops include many topics focused on end of life issues. Click here for our current workshop schedule. See our offerings and descriptions of our workshops below:

Planning Your Catholic Funeral

The Vigil, the Funeral Mass, and the Committal each have distinct purposes in the journey toward healing and wholeness. When we experience a death of a loved one, we have rituals and prayers of our church to guide us. This workshop will assist you in making choices about your funeral or that of someone close to you. Come with your questions about the liturgies for the Vigil, Funeral Mass, and Committal Service, as well as the services and options offered at the Funeral Home and the Cemeteries.


Celebrating a Life: Planning a Liturgy for a Funeral Mass or Memorial Service

Learn the basic elements of planning a funeral or memorial mass liturgy for yourself and your loved ones. We'll consider scripture, song and liturgical elements that celebrate the unique life of each person. A template and basic resource guides will be available.


Anointing of the Sick with the Sacrament

The time to receive this beautiful and healing sacrament is before we die. Replace outdated ideas such as last rites and extreme unction with scriptures and traditions that illuminate its true purpose. The sacrament will be celebrated following the workshop

Advance Directives, Life and Health Care Decisions and Estate Planning

Know your options and let your personal wishes be known and honored. There are resources to help you and your loved ones make decisions about end of life care. Workshop topics include information about Hospice and Home Health Care, Advance Directives, Estate Planning or Wills & Trusts. Whether you are 18 or 80, pre-planning for illness and death is a precious gift we can give our families.


End of Life Decisions: A Journey of Faith

Choices at the end of life present unique challenges, particularly within a complex and technologically advanced society. Physical death is perceived within modern society as the ultimate human tragedy. This presentation will explore end of life choices within the context of faith in Jesus and the moral tradition of the Chuch.


What Happens in Heaven, Hell and Purgatory?

"No one gets out of this world alive!" "Everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die to get there." These quotes bring to mind questions that should interest us all as we think about our future beyond the grave. How should we prepare for death? What happens at death? What do humans experience in Heaven, Hell and Purgatory? This workshop will address these great mysteries.

Consolation of Grief Before, During and After the Holidays

Anniversaries and holidays often accentuate the grief and sadness we experience when a loved one dies. Fr. Christopher Bennett offers us stories from scripture and from his own life to support our practices and activities that bring healing during periods of mourning.

Consolation of Grief Through Prayer and Music

Experience prayer and reflection with a wide variety of music. You will be able to get in touch with the many feelings that accompany bereavement.


Grief and Hope Through Stories and Feelings

This session includes practives that help us to identify and share the feelings that surface during the five stages of grief. By sharing our stories with compassion and attention, we move toward healing.


Bereavement Support and Self Care

We focus on the signs of grief and ways we can help ourselves and our loved ones deal with these manifestations. This workshop will include prayer, stress reduction techniques, creative work, and more tips on how to listen with compassion.


Loneliness: The Challenge to Connect

Loneliness can be overwhelming, especially after the loss of a loved one. All areas of our lives can be affected. The absence of a partner, family member, or friend leaves a void in our lives which challenges us to find a new equilibrium and balance. Come understand, share and create ways to handle this difficult emotion. It is possible to rediscover the joy, peace and connection that now might be missing.


Grief and Hope Through Stories and Feelings

This session includes practives that help us to identify and share the feelings that surface during the five stages of grief. By sharing our stories with compassion and attention, we move toward healing.


Bereavement Support and Self Care

We focus on the signs of grief and ways we can help ourselves and our loved ones deal with these manifestations. This workshop will include prayer, stress reduction techniques, creative work, and more tips on how to listen with compassion.


Ministry to the Bereaved: Create and Sustain Your Parish Ministry

This in-depth training and enrichment series is an opportunity for staff and volunteers to focus on bereavement support in the parish setting. Your knowledge, skills and confidence will be enhanced by exploring topics on the grief process, communication and facilitation skills and forming your parish plan. Activites, reflection and prayer will be included in each session.