Why are Catholic
Funeral Rites important?
Before the tomb of his friend Lazarus, Jesus wept (John 11:35). It is this same Jesus who comes to comfort those who mourn. He understands grief, and he is there with us amidst it. Through the Funeral Rites, we encounter his peace, and can find rest in him.
Catholic Funeral Rites
Liturgy, and the Rite of Committal.
1. The Vigil (Wake)
2. The Funeral Liturgy
In the Holy Mass, we lift our hearts, though heavy, to God, and receive strength and comfort through the Holy Eucharist. If you are not Catholic or are Catholic but have not received your First Communion, know that you are most welcome at the Funeral Mass. When it comes time for Communion, cross your arms over your chest and the priest will give you a blessing.
3. The Rite of Committal
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can bury a non-catholic in a Catholic cemetery.
A Catholic Cemetery is consecrated by a Bishop and is a ministry of the Catholic Church. They are considered sacred places and are a reminder of the Lord’s promise of resurrection.
Catholics have been permitted to be cremated since 1963. The only rule is that the remains should be treated with respect, and scattering of ashes is not permitted.