Please, contact Parish Office as soon as possible and before final arrangements with the Funeral Home. Contact Parish Office even if you will have another priest presiding over the funeral ceremonies. Fr. Leon will discuss all the details with you and your family.
The Meaning of Death
Death is a passage from this life to the new life promised by Christ. This passage is to be experienced in the light of the Resurrection. In faith, we believe that one day we will all be gathered together by God, the Father, to live with Him eternally.
When a Loved One Dies
The parish office should be contacted as soon as someone dies. The Church responds in compassion to those who mourn and journeys with them during their time of grief. Several stages of support are offered to the bereaved to help them live through their loss with faith and hope.
The Support of the Church
Pastor (or member of the Pastoral Team) meets with the immediate family to minister to them and to help them prepare the funeral liturgy.
The community gathers the evening before the main funeral liturgy to pray and to keep watch with the family. The Word of God is proclaimed as source of hope in the face of darkness and death. All pray for the deceased, in anticipation of the funeral to be celebrated the next day. Prayers are also offered for the comfort and consolation of the bereaved.
This prayer service may
take place at the funeral home or at the church. It is a vigil and is
meant to be celebrated on the eve of the funeral.
The Main Funeral Liturgy
A celebration of the Eucharist with the body present is the ideal funeral liturgy. In the Eucharist the community gathers with the family and friends of the deceased to give praise and thanks to God for Christ's victory over sin and death, to commend the deceased to God's tender mercy and compassion, and to seek strength in the proclamation of the paschal mystery - the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
For valid reasons the family may choose a funeral liturgy without a mass - a Liturgy of the Word. This decision should be made in consultation with the Pastor.
Importance of the Body
The care taken to prepare the body of the deceased for burial reflects our Christian belief in eternal life and the resurrection of the body. The prayers and gestures of the funeral rites also affirm the Church's reverence for the body as a temple of the Holy Spirit. The long standing practice of burying the body in a grave or tomb in memory of Jesus, whose own body was placed in a tomb, continues to be encouraged as a sign of Christian faith.
In particular circumstances, it may be necessary for cremation to take place prior to the funeral. This liturgy may then be celebrated with the ashes present.
The ashes are the body of
the deceased in a changed form. We honor them as we honor the body. They
must be reverently buried or entombed in a place reserved for the burial
of the dead, as soon after cremation as possible. It is not acceptable
to put off this burial, to scatter the ashes, or to keep them in the
for some reason the body or the ashes have been buried before the
funeral, a commemorative Eucharist or liturgy of the word may be
Preparing Your Funeral in Advance
You are encouraged to think about your own funeral. With respect for the Church's teaching, outlined in this brochure, and in dialogue with your family, you may want to leave directions as to how you wish your funeral to be celebrated.
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