On behalf of Holy Family Catholic Church, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy at the loss of your loved one. We are here to help and support you during this difficult time. In the midst of our sorrow, we proclaim our belief in Christ’s victory over death through our celebrations of the various funeral rites. Our staff will be present to guide you through the preparation of the various funeral rites. Our catholic rituals are an essential part of the healing process that helps us to understand and cope with grief.
What do I do when a loved one dies?
Call the Church
When a loved one dies, please contact the Parish Office. We will help guide you through preparation of the various ritual celebrations that may occur at the time of death. We will also arrange for the scheduling of any of the liturgical rites. Contact information: 407-876-2211 – Monday through Friday.
Call a Funeral Home
The Funeral Home is in charge of all burial arrangements. The scheduling of any liturgical services is always done by the Church. If you need information on funeral homes, please call the Parish Office.
Pre-Planning Your Funeral Rites
Holy Family Catholic Church also offers you the opportunity to pre-plan your funeral liturgy. If you are interested in doing this, please contact the Parish Office.
The Schedule for Funeral Masses
Our funeral rites adhere to the Order of Christian Funerals. The funeral Mass is incorporated with our prayerful parish family at the 8:30AM Mass on a Tuesday or Thursday. The Funeral Mass is celebrated in the parish worship space. Click here for the schedule of Funeral Masses.
The rites of the Church
The Church celebrates three principal ritual moments at the time of death. They include (click on links for more information)
The Rite of Committal
The Rite of Committal is the conclusion of the funeral rites. These prayers are generally celebrated at the grave, tomb, or another place of burial. “Whenever possible, the rite of committal is to be celebrated at the side of committal, that is, beside the open grave or the place of interment, rather than in a cemetery chapel.” [Order of Christian Funerals, #204.]
The Rite of Committal is usually celebrated directly after the Funeral Mass if the burial takes place at this time. It can be celebrated at a later date if the burial is delayed for whatever reason. Holy Family Catholic Church will provide a priest or deacon for the Rite of Committal.
Other considerations (all linked below)
BEREAVEMENT AND GRIEF GATHERING MEETINGS
Holy Family Catholic Church also provides grief gathering meetings and bereavement groups. This is an outreach program for anyone who has lost a loved one. The group meets after the 8:30AM Mass on the third Wednesday of the month in Upper Room A, on the second floor of the PLC. For information please call Elizabeth White at 407-242-5973.
All Souls Mass: Holy Family hosts an annual special Commemoration of All Souls Mass on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. (date may change depending on the liturgical calendar). To take part in the Mass, please contact Lynn Ramsey at 407-876-2211 ext 241.