Not sure about what is going to happen at a Catholic funeral? This video has a great explanation as to what you can expect.

Catholic funerals are completed in three parts: Vigil Service (Wake or Visitation), Funeral Liturgy, and Rite of Committal (Burial or Interment).

The vigil services is a time for friends and family to reflect on the deceased and commend him or her to God. Eulogies are usually encouraged at the vigil service instead of during the funeral liturgy.

The funeral liturgy is the mass held at the deceased’s church. Family and friends are encouraged to attend and give praise and thanks to God for Christ’s victory over sin and death, commend the deceased to God’s Mercy, and seek strength in the proclamation of the Pascal Mystery.

The Rite of Committal is the conclusion of the funeral rite. It should be celebrated at the place of committal, typically at the open grave or place of interment. This is the final place for family and friends to pray for the glory of the resurrection and say goodbye to loved ones.

For more information on Funeral and Funeral dinner services, contact the parish office at 576-2628.