Christian Funerals in the Catholic Church
“In the face of death, the Church confidently proclaims that God has created each person for eternal life and that Jesus, the Son of God, by his death and resurrection, has broken the chains of sin and death that bound humanity.
Christians celebrate the funeral rites to offer worship, praise, and thanksgiving to God for the gift of a life which has now been returned to God, the author of life and the hope of the just.” (Order of Christian Funerals)
What to Do
- In the first instance, when a loved one dies, contact the Funeral Director.
- The Funeral Director will contact the Parish to ascertain a suitable time for the funeral.
- Once contact has been made, the parish bereavement minister is the person who will assist you to plan the funeral liturgy.
- A funeral may take place within Mass or outside of Mass. These options are discussed with the parish minister to help you decide which is more suitable.
- The first and preferred option for the place of a funeral is always the Parish Church of the deceased. Other possibilities may be considered in consultation with the priest.
For more information please contact the Parish Office on (07) 4151 6666