In the face of death, the Church confidently proclaims that God has created each person for eternal life and that Jesus, by his death and resurrection, has destroyed death forever.
Christians celebrate the funeral rites to offer worship, praise and thanksgiving to God for the gift of a life which has now been returned to God, the author of life. We pray for the person who has died, asking for the forgiveness of sin and the gift of everlasting life.
St. Noel Parish is blessed to offer a grieving family the opportunity to celebrate Christian Burial according to the rite of the Catholic Church.
At the time of death, the parish office should be contacted, and a date and time for the funeral liturgy will be scheduled in conjunction with the funeral director of the family’s choosing. A time will also be scheduled for the family to meet with the presider of the liturgy to discuss significant aspects of the life of the deceased, to pray together, and to select readings and music for the service. At that time arrangements can also be made for the cemetery service which usually takes place after the church celebration of the Eucharist.
Although it is not necessary to do so, those who wish to plan the funeral service before the death of their loved one may contact the parish for materials which preview possible options.