Funeral Information : Funerals at St. Mary
“I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”
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We, at St. Mary, understand that if you have just experienced the death of a loved one you may be feeling confused, sad, stunned, and even overwhelmed by your loss. We are here to offer both comfort and great hope for the future.
Catholics believe that at death “Life is changed, not ended.” Death is a passage to a new and fuller life, and ultimately to resurrection and eternal union with God.
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“If the spirit of God, who raised Jesus from death, lives in you, then he who raised Christ from death will also give life to your mortal bodies by the presence of his spirit in you.”
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Although death brings a deep sense of sadness and loss, faith provides solace and strength. It is a time when we encounter the things of God and our belief in Him in new way. It is a time for us to support and console one another – especially in our belief in the gift of eternal life. So, when as Christians we encounter death, we are drawn to prayer – to pray for those who have died and to pray for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one.
The Church emphasizes life in the funeral liturgy. The resurrection is the theme and the readings, hymns, and prayers reflect the overall tone of expectant joy.
When we celebrate death in the Church, if the loved one is a baptized Catholic it is customary to celebrate a Mass of Christian burial, however there are circumstances that may allow for a funeral service outside of the Mass.
We have provided several resources to help you better understand Catholic beliefs about death and to help you plan the funeral celebration for a loved one or for yourself. Please review the information available and contact us at the Parish Office at 740-363-4641 so we can answer your questions and assist you in identifying your preferences in assuring that the funeral ceremony captures your faith and hope in the resurrection as well as reflects your life or the life of a loved one as a disciple of Christ.
To better understand Catholic beliefs about death and begin planning a Catholic Funeral Service, it is often helpful to first review Catholic Funeral Beliefs and Some Guidelines for Eulogies. Next, in order to make the funeral liturgy more consoling and understandable, we have provided some explanations of specific Funeral Ceremonies and Symbols. Since it is customary to celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial when we celebrate death in the Church, the Readings from the Sacred Scriptures and Prayers of the Faithful suggested by the Church are included here for your review. In addition, because in times of grief and sorrow, we often turn to music as an expression of our faith – of those beliefs and hopes we sometimes cannot express in words, we have included Selecting Music for Funeral Liturgies to help you select music that is both comforting and uplifting. A Funeral Selection Form is provided for you to gather the information that would be helpful in communicating your preferences when you meet with the funeral director, the clergy, and the music director. Please remember that we are here to help you and to offer both comfort and hope for the future.