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At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of baptism and strengthened at the eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting word of God and the sacrament of the eucharist.
~ Order of Christian Funerals

For Funeral Mass and Graveside Blessing please call for a priest in the parish office. Vigil and Rosary are usually done in the mortuary by the family or any designated Catholic lay person.

Traditionally, the family takes the body of the deceased to his parish church for the celebration of the Funeral Mass. The family should also plan the funeral liturgy with the priest and the music director: in the choice of texts and rites provided in the ritual, in the selection of music for the rites, and in the designation of liturgical ministers.

According to the guidelines of the Archdiocese, a Catholic priest cannot say a Funeral Mass in a non-Catholic cemetery or mortuary. However, the priest can celebrate a Funeral Liturgy outside Mass in a non-Catholic mortuary.

On Cremation:

Although cremation is now permitted by the Church, it does not enjoy the same value as burial of the body. The Church clearly prefers and urges that the body of the deceased be present for the funeral rites, since the presence of the human body expresses the values which the Church affirms in those rites.

When the choice has been made to cremate a body, it is recommended that the cremation take place after the Funeral Liturgy. In this case, the Vigil for the Deceased and related rites and prayers, as well as the Funeral Liturgy are celebrated as they are provided in the ritual.

When cremation and committal takes place before the Funeral Liturgy, the Prayers after Death and the Vigil for the Deceased may be adapted as necessary and appropriate and used before the Funeral Liturgy. The Rite of Committal with Final Commendation may also be celebrated at that time.

Following the committal, the family and friends of the deceased join the Catholic community for the Funeral Liturgy.

Order of Christian Funerals

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