The role of Joseph of Arimathea during the burial of Jesus is one of the few things discussed in all four gospels. According to the gospels, Joseph of Arimathea was a rich man, a member of the Sanhedrin. The Gospels relate that it was Joseph of Arimathea who asked Pilate for the body of Jesus after the Crucifixion. Saint John and Saint Matthew even say that he was a disciple of Jesus. Joseph took the body of Jesus, wrapped it in linen, and buried it in a tomb that he may have prepared for himself.
The Arimatheans of Saint John Vianney are a dedicated group in our parish who provide a meal for the family following the Funeral Mass. This gift of a shared meal allows the family to spend time with family and friends that have come to the funeral Mass of a loved one. This gives the family a sense of support and a peace at the end of a very difficult time.
Our Arimathean group consists of over 80 parishioners that will donate an item to the meal. Usually we have a couple days notice that we need to provide the meal for a funeral. Because of this short notice, we use Flocknote to send out a message to the members and those who are able to donate food and/or assist with serving the meal are able to click a link in the message and signup to help.
This ministry needs a lot of hands, because not everyone is able to donate food or assist with each funeral meal. Please prayerfully consider being a member of this ministry.
To join this ministry, connect with us through Flocknote and select the Arimathean Ministry. When a funeral meal is being planned, anyone who has signed up for the Arimathean Ministry in FlockNote, will receive a link that you can follow and indicate how you can assist. If you do not have a computer, you can receive a phone message and then call the office to signup to bring food or help with the serving. If you have any questions, please call the parish office at 770-941-2807 option 4.