“There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. A time to give birth, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, 4.
Holy Family Catholic Church realizes that the loss of a loved one can affect families, friends and others. However, Jesus teaches us that we are all called to join him in his resurrection.
A funeral or memorial Mass honors the life of someone who has passed from this world, as we trust that the deceased is on the way to heaven. We work with families to give their loved ones a proper celebration of life through the funeral or memorial Mass.
The funeral liturgies follow the norm of the Order of Christian Funerals: Vigil, Mass, burial. They are done in light of good liturgical sensibilities, both beautiful and meaningful even to those unchurched or of another faith.
They are also meant to give families a chance to play a role in their loved one’s celebration of life. Families and friends are encouraged to take part in funerals – from the planning stage to the funeral Mass itself.
Holy Family’s Liturgy Department will help families plan the funeral liturgy. Here are some resources to help families begin the planning process:
- Funeral Planning Guidelines
- Family Liturgy Planner (for funerals at 8:30 a.m. Daily Masses)
- Family Liturgy Planner (for all other Masses)
- Funeral Readings
- Funeral Intercessions
- Funeral Liturgy Music
After the funeral
Bereavement Outreach: Holy Family hosts an outreach for those who have lost a loved one on the third Wednesday of each month after the 8:30am Mass. The group meets in Upper Room A’s Fish Room. For information, contact Liz Caswell at 407-242-5973.
All Souls Day Celebration: Family members of those who are deceased are also encouraged to take part in the All Souls Day Celebration on Nov. 2 each year. At this special Mass, we honor all those who have passed away since the previous All Souls Mass. The parish office will contact all families about taking part in this Mass.