Purpose of Funerals
Christian funeral rites, which express the Church's care for the departed, its belief in the resurrection and its reverence for the body as sharing in redemption, help give comfort and consolation to those surviving the death of a loved one.
When a member of the parish community dies, a vigil service usually takes place the evening before the funeral. This allows time for both spiritual preparation and reflection on the life of the deceased. We celebrate the life of the deceased by coming together to share the hope that comes from our faith in the promised resurrection of the dead.
Funeral services take many forms. Some families choose to hold a Vigil Service the evening before the funeral mass and burial service. Some families choose graveside service or a memorial service as public expressions of their loss. There are many ways for families to express their feelings at the loss of a loved one and we as a parish attempt to accommodate each families wishes.
The Funeral Mass
The Funeral Mass is, however, the single most important celebration of the Church for the deceased. In the Holy Mass we celebrate the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. We also pray that the Lord Jesus will share His risen life with the deceased. The promise of this celebration is the basis for all our hopes and expectations of life and happiness for the deceased.
The Graveside Service
The Graveside Service is the final farewell. The earthly body is placed in the earth from which it was fashioned as the soul returns to the heavenly Father.
Arrangements for Funerals at St. Anne's Parish are made through the Funeral Home. The contact information for local funeral services can be found here:
Please contact the Parish office for more information. Contact information is here.
"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep." ~1 Corinthians 4:14