Funerals “Life is changed, not taken away”

If you have recently lost a loved one please contact the Church office 954-961-7777. If you have a loved one in danger of death please call the Church office immediately so there is time for a Priest to come and administer the anointing of the sick, hear confession and your loved one can receive Holy Communion.

Funeral Masses and Memorials

Through Baptism, a Catholic begins their faith journey with the belief that death is not the end but a transition. We believe that Jesus rose from the dead and that in dying, he destroyed our death and that in rising, he restored our life. This is also a time of sorrow, and amid the hope and the sorrow, many decisions must be made.  Since the Mass is the central source and summit of our faith, Catholic Funerals generally include Mass. The Mass is planned to incorporate the wishes of the deceased and provide opportunity for loved ones to reflect.

Preplanning a Funeral Service

Preplanning a funeral service ensures the wishes of the deceased are known and lessens the stress on the family when making decisions.  The following information will guide you through the decisions needed to be made for a Catholic funeral service.

Cemetery – If arrangements have not been made previously, a representative of the cemetery will meet with those responsible for planning the funeral and present various options. There are two Catholic Cemeteries in the Archdiocese of Miami:

Our Lady of Mercy: 305-592-0521 (Miami-Dade County)
Our Lady Queen of Heaven: 954-972-1234 (Broward County)

Funeral Home – Two practical considerations should guide people in the choice of a funeral home. The first is the reputation, the second is the cost.

Phone Calls – It may be extremely helpful to the family of the deceased for someone to volunteer to represent the family and make the necessary phone calls.

Cremation – At one time Cremation was prohibited except in cases of natural disaster or plague. Cremation was seen by some as a denial of the resurrection and an offense against traditional Christian reverence for the body. This is NO longer the case and cremation is now permitted by the Catholic Church.

However, the Church prefers and urges that the body of the deceased be present for the funeral rites. This is because the presence of the human body better expresses the values, which the church affirms in those rites. Sometimes this may not be possible, and in those circumstances, the Church is sensitive to the needs of the family of the deceased and allows the celebration of the Funeral Liturgy in the presence of the cremated remains of the deceased. Finally, it should be noted that the practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the

The Order of Christian Funerals

The rituals and prayers surrounding death are a witness to the faith of the one who has died.  They give comfort to the community of family and friends who have been with the deceased person in life.

The rituals and prayers should be seen as one prayer, like a procession that moves from the deathbed to the cemetery.  Within this procession there are some moments that are special: the wake service, the funeral liturgy and the committal or burial itself.

  1. Keeping Vigil – The Wake Service: The Wake is the principal time of prayer before the funeral liturgy.  It is usually celebrated by an assembly of family members and friends.  It may take place in the home, or at the funeral home, or at the church.  Everyone present is encouraged to take part by prayers, intercessions, and listening to the Word of God.   It is appropriate that during the wake service that some family members and friends speak in memory of the deceased.  This can be an informal sharing of memories.
  2. Eulogies: It is a loving thing when someone, a family member or friend, speaks in remembrance or in thanksgiving for the life of the person who has died. Usually there should be no more than one or two people who do this.When does this take place?  The church recommends that the eulogy be given either at the end of the Wake Service or after the Communion Rite of the Funeral Mass.  Usually there should be no more than one or two people who do this.The message should be relatively short.  The eulogist should briefly outline the facts of the deceased’s biography because not everyone in attendance knows all the facts. The eulogy should recapitulate facts about the deceased’s accomplishments, education, marriage, children and so forth.The person (s) giving the eulogy should avoid giving a sermon. It is the task of the Priest or Deacon to do the preaching and it is the task of a friend or a family member to do the eulogizing.  The two are not the same.
  3. The Funeral Liturgy: The funeral liturgy is the central moment in the procession from death to burial.  The body is usually brought to the parish church.The liturgy of the funeral includes: the Formal Reception of the Body, the Liturgy of the Word, the Liturgy of the Eucharist and Final Commendation.
  4. The Committal: The committal is the final ritual in the movement from death to burial.  It is celebrated at the grave or wherever interment is to take place.

In the event of the death of a loved one, please call the parish office at 954-961-7777. After office hours, dial the emergency number given in the voice mail message.

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“A new life begins for us with every second. Let us go forward joyously to meet it. We must press on, whether we will or not, and we shall walk better with our eyes before us than with them ever cast behind.”