The Catholic Funeral Rites in the Order of Christian Funerals (1989) are celebrations that enable the Christian community to mourn as well as to hope by focusing on the mystery of the death and resurrection of Christ. These guidelines are offered to assist in effectively preparing the funeral rites with individuals and families.
Death and passing on to eternal life are mysteries at the center of the Church’s belief. Although American culture generally recoils from death and tries to deny it, “In the face of death, the Church confidently proclaims that God has created each person for eternal life and that Jesus, the Son of God, by his death and resurrection, has broken the chains of sin and death that bound humanity.” (Order of Christian Funerals, #1)
Christian funerals are not private observances, but celebrations of the whole Body of Christ, in which, “Christians celebrate the funeral rites to offer worship, praise, and thanksgiving to God for the gift of life which has now been returned to God, the author of life and the hope of the just.” (Order of Christian Funerals, #5) Therefore these rites are celebrated with appropriate choices of music, readings, gestures, and decorations that are consistent with a Catholic understanding of death. “The celebration of the Christian funeral brings hope and consolation to the living. While proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and witnessing to Christian hope in the resurrection, the funeral rites also recall to all who take part in them God’s mercy and judgment and meet the human need to turn always to God in times of crisis.” (Order of Christian Funerals, #7)
The standard procedure for a funeral at St. Theodore is that a funeral director works with the pastor to set up the details of the visitation, funeral Mass, luncheon and interment. Please contact the funeral home first and they will help you take the first steps in planning the funeral. The funeral home provides a comfortable visitation space for greeting family and friends and allows the family to select the best time frame for the visitation. They also provide valuable assistance with writing and placement of obituaries in local newspapers, ordering death certificates, easels for pictures and memory displays, guest books, prayer cards, and programs. We encourage families to take advantage of the resources that are offered by the funeral home. We have strong working relationships with all of the local funeral homes. If you are unsure of which funeral home to use, we work most frequently with Pittman funeral home, who are also strong supporters of our parish.
Funeral Planning Resources
The following resources are intended to assist you as you prepare to celebrate your loved one's funeral. After arrangements are made with the funeral home, we will reach out to you and set a time for you to meet with us to discuss these plans further. These resources are here to help you, but please know that father will meet with you to discuss every aspect of the funeral liturgy and to answer any questions you may have.
St. Theodore Cemetery
Clergy will accompany the family to the place where the remains of your loved one will be interred unless otherwise instructed.
St. Theodore does have limited space avaialble in our cemetary. Please call the parish office if you are interested in securing a plot in our parish cemetary.