Notre Dame Funerals

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When a loved one has died

A Catholic funeral is a reflection on the paschal mystery, that is, the death and resurrection of Jesus, who alone has conquered our sinfulness, risen from the dead, and made the promise of eternal life for his friends.  As such, it is not so much a celebration of the decedent’s life but a celebration of the life of the decedent’s savior, Jesus Christ, a great act of thanksgiving to him.  At the same time it commends the life and body of the decedent to the Lord.  Therefore it offers hope and consolation to loved ones and mourners.  Notre Dame Parish extends its sympathy to the families and friends of those who have died.

A Catholic funeral traditionally includes three parts: a vigil service in the home or at a funeral home the evening before a funeral (A recitation of the rosary may take place before, within, or following the vigil service, but should not replace or substitute for it.), the funeral in the parish church (either a liturgy of the Word or a celebration of the Eucharist), and committal prayers at the cemetery.  The priest or deacon who assists in planning the funeral rites will work with the family to select the most appropriate liturgical format.  Depending on circumstances, certain elements (for example, the vigil service) may be omitted.

The funeral rites contain a rich variety of scriptural readings and prayers from which to choose.  Regardless of which specific options are chosen, a Catholic funeral is always a time to pause and grieve, to renew our love for Jesus Christ and for one another, and to reflect on the eternal destiny of our creation and redemption by God.

For more information please reach out to Father Ed, Father Leopoldo, or Rian Ross, their ministry assistant, at 303.742.2342 or email rross@denvernotredame.org.

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