"Death does not have the last word, it is not the end of everything but, redeemed by the sacrifice of the Cross, it can henceforth be the passage to the joy of life without end." - Pope Benedict XVI
The loss of a loved one unites us closer to Christ in both sorrow and the hope that He can save everyone and everything that we value. By means of the funeral liturgy this sorrow and hope take on their most powerful and clear expression of begging to God: prayer.
By means of this prayer we are filled with the certainty that Christ, who sustains us in life here, continues to do so after death by the power of His Resurrection.
A Funeral Is Not Technically A Sacrament, Although It Is An Ancient And Sacred Practice Usually Celebrated In The Context Of A Mass.
The funeral not only serves the deceased by means of our prayers but also the living by means of the hope that comes in the promise of the Resurrection.
Once you’ve contacted both the funeral home and the parish office and they obtain some initial information, one of the priests is informed. They will reach out to you as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. When both the funeral home and the church has been contacted, we will begin coordinating a date and time for a funeral that works for the family, church, funeral home, and cemetery.
Depending upon the wishes of the deceased and the family, there is a lot of flexibility here. Some choose to do the wake/visitation the evening before at the funeral home. Some prefer to do it a short time before the funeral service begins at the church. Others prefer to do no wake/visitation at all. If desired, and according to ancient tradition, a minister from the church can lead a public rosary with the mourners at the wake/visitation.
For use of Little Flower’s facilities there is no cost. There is a $100 fee for the organist/cantor who will play/sing for the funeral. If the family wishes the parish to provide additional cantors for singing, each of those is an additional $100 fee.