Helpline: 410-547-3142
Email: holyinnocents@archbalt.org

Holy Innocents

Ministry to Families Who Have Lost Children to Miscarriage

 In this time of grief, come to the Church. In these days following your loss, let us help you bury your child and offer you comfort, hope, and peace. Know that your child is with God.

If you are miscarrying or have experienced a miscarriage and would like:

Advice about what to do next
To schedule a home visit
Information about burial and memorial options
Spiritual and emotional support

Then please contact our helpline at:

410-547-3142

or email us at:

holyinnocents@archbalt.org

FAQs

I am at home and miscarrying, what should I do?


Call your healthcare provider. If the situation seems to be a medical emergency, go to the nearest emergency room.

My child has died and I am scheduled for a surgical procedure (D&C). What are my rights?


Please contact Holy Innocents Ministry at 410-547-3142 or at holyinnocents@archbalt.org to notify us of the upcoming appointment. Inform your doctors that you wish your child’s body to be released to the custody of the Archdiocese of Baltimore who will then bury your child in an upcoming burial.

What would happen during a home visit?


If you would like ministry volunteers to come to your home to provide for burial of your child, you simply call (410) 547-3142 or email us (holyinnocents@archbalt.org). We will arrange a time that is best for you and your family. Two volunteers will come for a brief visit, answer any questions, offer resources, take custody of your child’s remains for burial, and pray with you if you would like.

Where will Holy Innocents bury our child's remains?


Holy Cross Cemetery
6020 Ritchie Highway
Baltimore, MD 21225

Holy Cross Cemetery, through the generous donation of the Sisters of Christian Charity who donated graves back to the Cemetery, has created a garden dedicated to the burial of children who are miscarried.
For more information about the Cemetery, please contact us at 410-547-3142 or at holyinnocents@archbalt.org

How common are miscarriages?

Losing a child through miscarriage, though an unspoken pain, is quite a common pain. Approximately 20-25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage.

I had a miscarriage, does it mean that I am infertile?


In some cases, miscarriage may be related to infertility. However, it is important to consult with your primary healthcare provider about your miscarriage.

Support for infertility

What prayer resources are available following a miscarriage?


Blessing of parents after miscarriage

You can also submit your prayer request to prayers@archbalt.org. A team will keep you in prayer.

How do I help a friend or family member who is miscarrying or who has miscarried?

The first thing that you can do is just be present with them and pray for them. Let them grieve at their own pace. Let them share or simply be silent. Pray with them and for them.

20 Ways to Support Love Ones Grieving the Loss of Their Baby

Loving Parents after a Miscarriage

If they would like to speak with someone who can give advice, support, provide a home visit, or for burial and memorial options, please share our helpline number: 410-547-3142 or email: holyinnocents@archbalt.org. Share this website with them.

How can I volunteer with Holy Innocents Ministry?


If you are interested in being a volunteer with this ministry, please feel free to contact us at holyinnocents@archbalt.org or at 410-547-3142. No special skills required. Volunteers will receive training for their role.

EVENTS

Burial and Memorial Service for Children Lost to Miscarriage
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Time: 1pm
Location: Holy Cross Cemetery
6020 Ritchie Hwy Baltimore, MD 21225

Holy Innocents will have its first biannual burial and memorial service for families who have experienced miscarriage at Holy Cross Cemetery (6020 Ritchie Hwy Baltimore, MD 21225). Bishop Mark Brennan will preside over the memorial service. For more information about this event, contact Holy Innocents at 410-547-3142 or holyinnocents@archbalt.org.

Vespers for Families Who Lost Children To Miscarriage
Monday, November 5, 2018
Time: 7pm
Location: St. Mary’s Seminary
5400 Roland Avenue Baltimore, MD 21210

Bishop Madden will preside at a Vespers (Evening prayer) service sponsored by Holy Innocents Ministry at St. Mary’s Seminary (5400 Roland Ave Baltimore, MD 21210). Anyone who has experienced a miscarriage is welcomed to come and pray in remembrance of her or his child. For more information about this event, contact Holy Innocents at 410-547-3142 or holyinnocents@archbalt.org.