Funerals

'And he said to him, Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise' Luke 23:43

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Funerals

The Church through its funeral rites commends the dead to God’s merciful love and pleads for the forgiveness of their sins. At the funeral rites, the Christian community affirms and expresses the union of the Church on earth with the Church in heaven. Though separated from the living, the dead are still at one with the community of believers on earth. The dead benefit from their prayers and intercession.

At the rite of final commendation and farewell, the community acknowledges the reality of separation and commends the deceased to God. In this way it recognises the spiritual bond that still exists between the living and the dead. Similarly, we proclaim our belief that all the faithful will be raised up and reunited in the new heavens, where death will be no more.

What’s Involved?

Generally, the Funeral Mass is celebrated by the priest of your area, unless you request otherwise. After you have met with your funeral director, you should make an arrangement to meet the priest, who will sit down with you and discuss the Funeral Mass, readings, music, prayers of the faithful.

Our Parish Choir is available to sing at the Funeral Mass. To this regard, the hymns and music used should be in keeping with a religious celebration and be appropriate for the setting of the church, in the presence of the Eucharist.

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