At a Catholic funeral the community gathers to say farewell to the person who has died and entrust that person to God’s loving care. We thank God for the gift of eternal life made possible for us through the death and resurrection of His Son. We also thank God for the gift of our deceased loved one and commend him/her to God's infinite mercy. It's also a time to appeal for God's loving consolation for ourselves in this time of loss.
Who do we Contact? At the appropriate time, after a person dies, you would contact the funeral directors. They usually contact the local parish priest for you to begin making arrangements for the funeral. The parish priest will then contact you in order to meet with you and prepare the funeral liturgy.
Catholic funeral rites are:
Funeral Liturgy –The Funeral Liturgy is the central liturgical celebration. It is usually celebrated in the church, and may be a Mass with the final commendation, or a Liturgy of the Word followed by prayers and a final commendation. The funeral liturgy is held whenever is appropriate for family and friends to gather.
The Rite of Committal – This is the final act of care for the deceased person and involves burial or cremation of the deceased. It may be held at the cemetery or in the Crematorium Chapel. The rite of committal (burial or cremation) usually follows the funeral liturgy.