“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… At the funeral rites, especially at the celebration of the Eucharistic sacrifice, the Christian community affirms and expresses the union of the Church on earth with the Church in heaven in the one great communion of saints. … 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 judgement and meet the human need to turn always to God in times of crisis.”
(From the “General Introduction” to the Order of Christian Funerals)
In the current custom of our area and time, many of the preparations for a funeral service are arranged through the funeral director chosen by the family.
The director will discuss various options, including the day and the time of the funeral, with the family and then confirm these with the parish office.
The staff of Our Lady of Hal stands ready to assist the family in whatever way possible in the planning of a funeral for a loved one, not only when a death has already occurred but in advance planning as well.