Catholic Funeral Rites

“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. The Mass, the memorial of Christ’s death and resurrection, is the principal celebration of the Christian funeral.”  from the General Introduction to the Order of Christian Funerals, §5

When a loved one dies, those left behind are filled with the conflicting emotions of intense sorrow and grief, coupled with Christian joy and thankfulness that the suffering is over and everlasting life in heaven is beginning. The Roman Catholic funeral rites offer a beautiful, profound journey through grief and loss to the joy of anticipation of the resurrection of the dead.

This section is designed to help you with the funeral for  your loved one.  We can also help when you call the Parish Office at (253) 588 – 2141

The Catholic funeral rites consist of three components:

  1. The Vigil for the Deceased
  2. The Mass of Christian Burial
  3. The Rite of Committal

You will find more help at these few pages from our parish.  St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Funeral Rites

The Catholic Church has two thousand years’ experience escorting the deceased into the Kingdom of Heaven, and just as much experience consoling those who remain behind. Holy Mother Church’s funeral rites offer an unparalleled avenue for remembrance and worship through the throes of grief into the comfort and joy of the resurrection. Prayerful preparations and planning of the funeral liturgy will help you and you loved ones deal successfully and gracefully with the ultimate rite of passage through death to life.