Scripture: “Blessed are those that mourn, they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
“In your mercy turn the darkness of death into the dawn of new life and the sorrow of parting into the joy of heaven.” - Funeral Prayer -
In a funeral, which is really for the living, we try to remember a person’s life of faith and to celebrate as best we can the witness or the struggle of that faith. The parish begins to pray for the family and deceased as soon as we have the news.
Family may contact the pastor or the parish house at the time of the death (414-464-5033). Sometimes news of the death comes through the funeral director. Either way, the pastor and family set up a time when they can meet in advance of the funeral to prepare readings, readers, music and ministries to participate in the funeral Liturgy. It is a way of gathering the stories that surrounded a person in life so that we can appreciate that life in faith.