A funeral is more than a farewell; it is an act of faith expressed by the people of God, the Church. The Catholic funeral rites provide sacred actions that support and comfort those who grieve. Funerals help us express what we believe about life and death, and they invite those searching for faith to explore what Christ's life, death and Resurrection offer.
In this workshop, we will discuss the meaning and significance of each of the funeral rites, especially the Vigil, the Funeral Liturgy, and the Rite of Committal. We will explore the choice of texts and rites provided in the Catholic ritual, in the selection of music for the rites, and in the designation of liturgical ministers.
Planning a funeral before death can have the effect of helping the one who is dying and the family face the reality of death with Christian hope. It can also help relieve the family of numerous details after the death and may allow them to benefit more fully from the celebration of the funeral rites.
Although the subject matter is serious, this need not necessarily be a grim task. We will approach this work as a joyful expression of our faith.
Registration Fee per person: $20