An Overview of the Catholic Funeral
“At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of Baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end, nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting Word of God and the Sacrament of the Eucharist.” – Order of Christian Funerals, #4
The prayers and support of the parishioners of Saint Ann Church accompany our brothers and sisters during a time of sadness and loss when a loved one has died. The loved one’s name will be included in the Universal Prayer (Prayer of the Faithful) at our weekend Masses so that our entire community of faith may hold him/her, and his/her family and friends, in prayer.
At the time of death, it is most helpful for family wishing to schedule and make plans for a funeral liturgy to first contact a Funeral Director before contacting the parish. After meeting with the funeral director, the funeral director’s staff will contact Saint Ann Church to schedule the day and time of the funeral. Once the parish is notified of your family member’s passing, you will receive a call from the Pastor or a parish representative in order to schedule a convenient time for a visit to our parish office to plan the Funeral Liturgy.
The Catholic funeral rite is divided into several stations, or parts, each with its own purpose. For this reason, we recommend following the complete structure and making use of each station.