Funeral Service

PROCEDURES FOR THE ARRANGEMENT OF

FUNERAL MASSES AND BURIAL FOR CATHOLICS AT SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL

Death in the Christian Context

Catholic belief in death as the entrance into eternity, hope in the resurrection, recognition of the value of prayer for the deceased, reverence for the body which remains and the sense of mystery and sacredness which surround the end of earthly life are all reflected in the Church’s care for the deceased and the family and community that survives them.

Church Law

“The funeral of any deceased member of the faithful should normally be celebrated in the church of that person’s proper parish” (canon 1177, § 1).

  • “However, any member of the faithful, or those in charge of the deceased person’s funeral, may choose another church; this requires the consent of whoever is in charge of that church and a notification to the proper parish priest of the deceased” (canon 1177, § 2).
  • “When death has occurred outside the person’s proper parish, and the body is not returned there, and another church has not been chosen, the funeral rites are to be celebrated in the church of the parish where the death occurred, unless another church has been designated by particular law” (canon 1177, § 3).

THE PROCEDURES

The following are the steps that are needed for the funeral and burial of the deceased. The obituary MUST NOT be published until all these have been determined and confirmed by the parish office in consultation with the parish priest and relevant parties.

  1. Inform the parish office
  2. Baptismal certificate of the deceased
  3. Obtaining and preparation of burial plot, or arrangement for cremation of the deceased
  4. Preparation of the body and reservation in the coffin
  5. Reservation of the deceased in the home or funeral parlour
  6. Funeral Mass
  7. Publication of obituary
  8. Burial
  9. Offerings
  10. Requiem Masses
  11. Erection of Headstone / Memorial