The death of a loved one is often a sad and challenging time in our lives and can be a particularly difficult moment for those who are responsible for organising the funeral arrangements.
As Catholics, this time is particularly poignant as through the sadness there is also a joy in knowing that our loved one has passed from this life into the next and into eternal life with God in Heaven.
'For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life'
We have special liturgies in our faith to pray for this passing which can come in the form of a funeral Mass in church or a short service at church or a crematorium. In both cases it is a proclamation of our faith in the resurrection, prayer for the soul of the deceased, a thanksgiving for their life, and a support for the bereaved.
For the practical aspects of organising a funeral our priests will liaise with both the family/friends who are responsible, and the funeral directors in the lead up to the day. We ask that no final arrangements are made for any funerals until you have spoken with both the funeral directors and Fr Michael/Fr Gregory, and that they have had a chance to have a conversation also.
We hope that as a Church we can be a source of comfort and encouragement at what is a difficult time and will support you as best as we can.