Sunday, June 25, 2017

Funerals

Death of someone is a terrible loss for most people; whether it is after a prolonged period of illness or a sudden death. It is a time of grieve and a stressful time. We hope the following guidelines will assist you during the time of grief.

In our Christian perspective, death is the birth to eternal life. Our faith gives us the promise of immortality and every funeral is a celebration. This of course is a paradox in itself. How do grieving people celebrate? Nevertheless, the funeral is a celebration.

Liturgical norms

The funeral celebration may take place within the Eucharist or it may take place within the service of the Word of God.

Funerals are not celebrated on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Sundays in Lent and Advent, Ascension, Assumption, All Saints and Christmas (GIRM 336). On all Sundays of the year, there will only be funerals services (OCF 177-203).

Administrative Process

When a death occurs, the following needs to be done in order for a equitably good celebration:

Inform the Parish Office immediately so that we can give you further instructions. If the office cannot be contacted because it is after office hours, try and contact the priest directly. Please avoid making your first call to the priest as he will have to direct you to the Parish Office for all the arrangements to be made. Please book the burial time only after you had consulted with the Parish Office.

After the preliminary notification of death has been made, you are required to submit the baptism certificate of the deceased the following day. As soon as you obtain a burial permit/death certificate, you are required to submit it to the office.

You will be advised as to the best time slot for the funeral celebration upon contacting the Parish Office.