“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.
“Christians celebrate the funeral rites to offer worship, praise, and thanksgiving to God for the gift of a life which has now been returned to God, the author of life and the hope of the just. The Mass, the memorial of Christ’s death and resurrection, is the principal celebration of the Christian funeral.
“The celebration of the Christian funeral brings hope and consolation to the living. While proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and witnessing to Christian hope in the resurrection, the funeral rites also recall to all who take part in them God’s mercy and judgment and meet the human need to turn always to God in times of crisis.”
– Order of Christian Funerals, General Introduction, para. 4-5, 7
The funeral liturgy is the means by which the Church, along with the family, accompanies the faithful departed from death to burial. As the Lord commanded in the Beatitudes, “Blessed are they who mourn; they shall be consoled” (Matthew 5:3), our parish community stands ready to offer our ministry of consolation to you in this time of need.
Parish clergy and/or staff will help you in finalizing the funeral liturgy preparation. Please call the parish office at (716) 836-0011 to schedule a meeting.