The Roman Catholic funeral focus is on the person’s entry into everlasting life. This sacred and solemn time is filled with symbolism. A pall—a symbol of life—is placed on the casket to start the liturgy: You may place a Bible, a book of the Gospels, a cross, or a few fresh flowers. The parish Easter candle is lit as a symbol of resurrection and life. The Funeral liturgy takes place in the Church within the context of a Mass. This solemn and joyous Mass has readings from the Bible and a homily. Its focus is on God’s compassion and love and the promise of resurrection and everlasting life; you will be consoled and receive strength from the community in your loss.
The eulogy is limited to three minutes so as not to dwell on your loved one’s past accomplishments but to face the joy of their rising to Jesus Christ. A final farewell serves as the bridge between the funeral liturgy and the Rite of Committal. During this commendation, the body or its representation is sprinkled with holy water and incensed. A procession forms to escort your loved one to their final resting place. This dignified service will use sacred music. You are welcomed and encouraged to take a primary role in choosing your readings and music within the framework given.
Our hope is to guide you in making personal choices, but keep well within the limits of Christian sensibility. If you have any questions we are here to serve and console you during this difficult time.
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Music selected for the Order of Christian Funerals should be appropriate for Catholic liturgical prayer. The texts of the music should be expressive of the Paschal Mystery: the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ.
Although more ample opportunities are possible at the Vigil for the Deceased, a eulogy of no longer than three to five minutes may be given by one person and take place at Funeral Mass after the Prayer After Communion or at a Funeral Liturgy Outside of Mass after the General Intercessions. The remarks are to be simple, brief and prepared, with the tone remaining one of faith and hope.
Funeral Masses are not celebrated on solemnities of obligation, on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday, or on the Sundays of Advent, Lent and the Easter Season. At a Funeral Mass celebrated on Ash Wednesday, ashes are not to be distributed.
Personal memorabilia, such as pictures or cards, are often requested to be present during the Funeral Rites as a reminder of the deceased or as a means to express affection. For liturgies celebrated inside the church building, the proper place for such memorabilia is in the Narthex or Gathering Space so as not to draw attention away from the primary signs and actions of Catholic liturgical worship such as the paschal candle, altar, the ambo, and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
If cremation has already taken place before the Funeral Liturgy, the celebration of the Funeral Liturgy may take place in the presence of the cremated remains of the deceased person. The cremated remains of the body are to be placed in a worthy vessel. A small table or stand is to be prepared for the cremated remains at the place normally occupied by the casket. The funeral urn may be carried to its place in the entrance procession or place on this table sometime before the liturgy begins.
The scattering of cremated remains on the ground or on the sea or keeping any portion of them for personal reasons is not reverent to the sacred dignity of human remains and therefore not permitted. It should be noted that burial at sea of cremated remains differs from scattering. An appropriate and worthy container, heavy enough to be sent to its final resting place, may be placed into the sea.
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We appreciate your trust during this time and are here to assist you. If you have any questions please feel free to Contact Us For sacred music please present selections to our music director. Father Wayne will meet with you for spiritual guidance to embrace and comfort you in your loss; Unity of the Faithful.