The death of a Christian is not the end of life, but rather a transformation in an onward journey towards eternal life with God. We believe that this call to eternal life begins for all Christians in the waters of baptism.
The death of a family member or loved one brings a sense of grief, loss and change to all our lives. There is need for support during this time of sadness. Our parish team are there to support people who are bereaved.
When the funeral undertaker is contacted by a family regarding the funeral arrangements they will inform the priests of the parish. The parish priest and a member of the parish team will visit the family to discuss preparations for the Funeral Mass. The parish has prepared a funeral book which contains readings and prayers to be used at the Mass. This book is given to the family at the first visit by one of the team who can support the family with preparing the funeral Mass.
A member of the parish team is available to pray with the family when the remains are being removed to the church for Mass. When the coffin is brought to the church and before the Mass begins the Pall (a large white cloth) is placed over the coffin. The pall symbolises firstly, the dignity of the deceased person as a child of God, and secondly, that we are all equal in God’s eyes both in life and in death.
After the Mass the priest will accompany the family to the graveside and lead the family in the final prayers for the deceased.
Contact can be made with the parish office (028 3025 2459) to make the necessary arrangements for month’s minds and anniversaries.