Behold Your Child: A ministry for those who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss


Behold Your Child is a new ministry developed in collaboration by the offices of Marriage and Family Life, Respect Life and Social Justice, and Catholic Charities to provide hope and healing for parents and families who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death (whether recently or years ago). Parishes or organizations interested in this ministry should contact Matt Selby at (563) 556-2580, ext. 233 or for more information.


Trainings will be offered on the following dates and locations from 5:30-9:00 PM:

  • Tuesday, September 25 – St. Joseph, Marion
  • Tuesday, October 23 – Holy Family, New Hampton
  • Tuesday, January 29 – St. Joseph the Worker, Dubuque
  • Thursday, February 21 – St. Cecilia, Ames

Once approved by the pastor, those to be trained for the ministry (whether parish staff or volunteer parishioners) may register for one of these dates/locations by visiting and clicking on the date. The cost is $30 per person, including dinner and materials.


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


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

Reflections for Families and Professionals 

Reflection for Fathers

Reflection for Mothers

Reflection for Couples

Reflection for Young Siblings

Reflection for Older Siblings

Reflection for Grandparents

Reflection for Medical Professionals

Reflection for Lay Ministers


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