In the face of the death of a loved one, our Catholic faith offers us the hope that for those who believe “life is not ended but merely changed.” The Funeral Rites that we celebrate offer in prayer what many of us cannot find the words to express. They are intended to comfort the family and friends of the deceased as well as to assist the soul of the departed person as they enter eternal life.

The Funeral Rites of the Catholic Church consist of a series of prayers and liturgies, celebrated at various places and times, in the days between the death of a Christian and his or her burial. Saint Joan of Arc Parish has complied this booklet to help those who are mourning the loss of their loved one to find consolation in our Faith and to assist in the planning of the Funeral Liturgy as it will be celebrated in our parish church.

Our parish pastoral associate will take the opportunity to meet with you in order to provide consolation in light of our Faith at your time of loss as well as to assist you in planning the Funeral Mass according to diocesan and parish guidelines and to answer any particular questions.

May the Risen Lord fill your heart with hope at this time of sorrow, trusting in His Resurrection.

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