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22 October 28, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC GOLDEN AGE www.upcatholic.org Overview of Catholic Funeral Rites 3 Home-cooked meals a day Weekly housekeeping/laundry & daily activity schedule Centrally located & transportation to appointments Catholic Mass offered regularly on-site Retirement Excellence at Affordable Rates! (906) 863-3300 1110 10th Avenue Menominee, MI www.harborscommunity.com Harbors Retirement Community Now offering Adult Day Stay program! Caregivers can drop their loved ones off at our Safe Harbors Suite for a worry-free break. Call for information! The Catholic funeral rite is divided into sev- eral stations, or parts, each with its own pur- pose. For this, the following is recommended. VIGIL SERVICE (WAKE) At the vigil, the Christian community keeps watch with the family in prayer to the God of mercy and finds 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 deceased 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 Sa- cred 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 a service. It is most appropriate, when family and friends are gathered together for visitation, to offer time for recalling the life of the de- ceased. For this reason, 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 liturgy outside Mass can be celebrated at the church or in the fu- neral home. At the funeral liturgy, the Church gathers with the family and friends of the deceased to give praise and thanks to God for Christs victory over sin and death, to commend the deceased to Gods tender mercy and compas- sion, and to seek strength in the proclamation of the Paschal Mystery. 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 conclusion of the funeral rite, is the final act of the com- munity of faith in caring for the body of its deceased member. It should normally be celebrated at the place of committal, that is, beside the open grave or place of interment. In committing the body to its resting 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 Com- mittal 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 company of those who need faith no longer, but see God face-to-face. (Information courtesy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. For more information, visit www.USCCB.org). 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

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