Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen

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. The proclamation of Jesus Christ “who was put to death for our sins and raised to life to justify us” is at the center of the Church’s life.

As Catholic’s we celebrate the funeral rites to offer worship, praise, and thanksgiving to God for the gift of a 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. 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.

Fr. Buersmeyer has prepared a document called A Catholic Understanding of Funerals. This document may help you prepare for the funeral of a loved one.

Fr. Buersmeyer and the Pastoral Team are ready to assist you during this difficult time. Please contact the parish office at 248-646-2686.

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