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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC TWILIGHT May 26, 2017 15 MEMORIAL DAY MASSES MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017 HOLY CROSS CEMETERY AND MAUSOLEUM Coffee and Refreshments will be served following each Mass Everyone is encouraged to make the time to personally experience the true meaning of the Catholic Cemetery. Make a visit to the place of burial or entombment of your loved ones. ESCANABA 9:00 AM Mass 11:00 AM Mass Worried about increasing funeral expenses? Holy Cross Cemetery has found a way to reduce your pre-planning costs... Save hundreds of dollars on: Husband and wife burial options Headstones and Markers, ask about our 10% off program Our easy monthly payment plan See Dale Stannard, at our Memorial day Masses to understand your options to save money on pre-planning. MARQUETTE 9:30 - American Legion Service followed by Mass Worried about increasing funeral expenses? Holy Cross Cemetery has found a way to reduce your pre-planning costs. Save hundreds of dollars on: Husband and wife burial options Headstones and Markers, ask about our 10% off program Our easy monthly payment plan See Neil Newcomb for our new regulations booklet. We also have options to save you money on pre-planning. Range Funeral Service Inc. We invite comparison. Frick-Zielinski Funeral Home 304 S. Sophie St. Bessemer, MI (906) 663-4410 Ketola-Burla Funeral Home 635 E. Ayer St. Ironwood, MI (888) 932-1832 Range Crematory 401 Hwy 51 South Hurley, WI (888) 932-1832 Anderson-Kell Funeral Home Anderson-Diehm Funeral Home Gary R. Anderson Nathan C. Anderson Chris Dessart 533 Tenth Avenue Menominee, MI (906) 863-5561 S218 US 41 Stephenson, MI (906) 753-2274 anderson-kell@att.net The following was adapted from the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Catholic funerals. To learn more vis- it www.usccb.org/prayer-and-wor- ship/bereavement-and-funerals. The Order of Christian Funerals states, At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of Baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end, nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting Word of God and the Sacrament of the Eucharist. The Catholic funeral rite is divided into three parts, each with its own purpose - vigil service, funeral liturgy and Rite of Committal. VIGIL SERVICE (WAKE) At the vigil, the Christian com- munity keeps watch with the family in prayer to the God of mercy and inds strength in Christ's presence (Order of Christian Funerals, no. 56). The vigil service usually takes place during the period of visitation and viewing at the funeral home. It is a time to remember the life of the de- ceased and to commend him/her to God. In prayer we ask God to console us in our grief and give us strength to support one another. The vigil service can take the form of a service of the word with readings from Sacred Scripture accompanied by reflection and prayers. It can also take the form of one of the prayers of the Office for the Dead from the Liturgy of the Hours. The clergy and your funeral director can assist in planning such service. It is most appropriate, when family and friends are gathered together for visitation, to offer time for recalling the life of the deceased. For this rea- son, eulogies are usually encouraged to be done at the funeral home during visitation or at the vigil service. FUNERAL LITURGY The funeral liturgy is the central liturgical celebration of the Christian community for the deceased. When one of its members dies, the Church encourages the celebration of the funeral liturgy at a Mass. When Mass cannot be celebrated, a funeral litur- gy outside Mass can be celebrated at the church or in the funeral home. At the funeral liturgy, the Church gathers with the family and friends of the deceased to give praise and thanks to God for Christ's victory over sin and death, to commend the deceased to God's tender mercy and compassion, and to seek strength in the proclamation of the Paschal Mys- tery. The funeral liturgy, therefore, is an act of worship, and not merely an expression of grief. RITE OF COMMITTAL (BURIAL OR INTERMENT) The Rite of Committal, the conclu- sion of the funeral rite, is the final act of the community of faith in caring for the body of its deceased member. It should normally be cele- brated at the place of committal, that is, beside the open grave or place of interment. In committing the body to its rest- ing place, the community expresses the hope that, with all those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, the deceased awaits the glory of the resurrection. The Rite of Committal is an expression of the communion that exists between the Church on earth and the Church in heaven: the deceased passes with the farewell prayers of the community of believers into the welcoming compa- ny of those who need faith no longer, but see God face-to-face. Guidelines for funerals in the Catholic Church If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. (Romans 6:8)

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