Behold Your Child Ministry

Behold Your Child is a ministry developed in collaboration by the offices of Marriage and Family Life, Respect Life and Social Justice, and Catholic Charities to help ministers provide hope and healing for parents and families who have experienced a life-limiting prenatal diagnosis, miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death (whether recently or years ago). Those interested in this ministry may contact Matt Selby at (563) 556-2580, ext. 233 or for more information. The following trainings remain for the coming year:

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 – St. Anthony, Dubuque – 5:30-9:00 PM
Thursday, February 6 – St. Patrick, Hampton – 5:30-9:00 PM
Tuesday, March 24 – Holy Name, West Union – 5:30-9:00 PM

Those to be trained for the ministry (whether parish staff or volunteer parishioners) must be approved by their pastor. The cost is $30 per person, including dinner and materials. Online registration is available at


Promotional Materials

Behold Your Child Info Card

Behold Your Child Flyer

Behold Your Child Poster

Behold Your Child Parish Bulletin Insert

Behold Your Child Business Card 

Behold Your Child Simple Logo

Behold Your Child Logo With Description

Behold Your Child Social Media Tiles


Counseling Services:

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque 


Articles from US Catholic Bishops

Overcoming Obstacles (includes links to other resources and organizations)

Loving Parents After Miscarriage o En Español

Solace and Strength in the Sorrow of Miscarriage

Care of Fetal Remains

Care of Fetal Remains


Reflections for Families and Professionals:

After Miscarriage

After Stillbirth

After Infant Loss

After Life-Limiting Prenatal Diagnosis

For Ministers and Medical Professionals


Blessings and Rituals

Blessing of Parents After Miscarriage or Stillbirth


Order for the Naming and Commendation of an infant who died before birth – Archdiocese of St. Louis

Naming Ceremony of a Child Lost to Miscarriage or Stillbirth – Diocese of Fargo