The Christian funeral liturgy tells us that life is changed,not ended. Funerals are acts of faith. Jesus,who walks with us through all our other events in life,is present at our funerals,the liturgy of the passage from death to eternal life. Arrangements for a funeral need to include a Mass and burial in a Catholic cemetery whenever possible. It is preferable that the body be buried in a Catholic cemetery or columbarium (repository for cremated remains) consecrated for this purpose. We bury the body or the cremated remains of a person once washed with baptismal water,anointed with the oils of Confirmation and the Sacrament of the Sick,and nourished by the Eucharist. The Church prefers the burial of the body but does allow cremation. In cases where cremation is planned,the Church urges that if at all possible,the body be present for the funeral Mass with cremation taking place afterwards. However,if for some reason cremation takes place before the funeral Mass,the diocesan bishop can permit the practice in his diocese of allowing cremated remains to be brought into the Church for the funeral rites. Whenever a Catholic is cremated,the remains are to be buried,not scattered.
For more information on funeral liturgies at St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish,please click on “funeral booklet”. You may also contact our Parish Office,978-692-6353,ext. 10 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.