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Prayer for Eternal Rest

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

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It's never easy when someone passes away and especially when that person is someone we love.  It's something that we all have to deal with and are faced with at some point along life's journey

Generally the death of a loved one needs to be registered first with the Funeral Director who will contact the priest to check his availability and arrange the date and time of the service.

Organising a loved one's funeral can be very distressing for those in mourning and the Parish Priest is aware of this when a service is being arranged.  Please get in touch with him because he will be able to help you arrange the service at St Mary Immaculate and advise you on the Rites and customs of the Catholic Church.

You should talk to the Parish Priest before you begin to make arrangements with Funeral Directors.  That way you can be sure that you have the correct information about what can and can't be done. Not all Funeral Directors know the precise information so please get in touch with the Parish Priest first of all.

A Catholic funeral follows the Rites of the Catholic Church and when you are making the arrangements for the Order of Service the priest will explain the teaching of the Catholic Church and take you through the different types of service that are available.  For example, a Requiem Mass, a Reception, a Burial, or a Cremation or a Catholic Service if that is preferred.  The priest will discuss Hymns with you too.  Please refer also to the Mass Times.

A family member can be asked to say a few words about the deceased but this is not compulsory and the text should be given to the priest (celebrant) in advance.

Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever believes in me, even if they die, will live." 

(John 11, 25)



assisted dying Assisted Dying - Find Out More From the Church

'Assisted dying' is often in the news. There's a Private Member's bill before Parliament to try to legalise it. But just what is 'assisted dying'? What does the law say about it? What do doctors have to say about it? What does the Catholic Church say about it and what are the problems with it? What should you do?

To help with some of the frequently asked questions take a look at the document called 'Sense and Nonsense on 'Assisted Dying'' in the Newsletter tab.  Also, you can visit the Catholic News site to find the document there as well as more information about assisted dying and what the Church has to say about this.

"Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God's creation, made in his own image, destined to live for ever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect".   

Life is a gift from God (John 10:10).  To find out more about the moral, ethical and practical dangers of legalisation go to: www.catholicnews.org.uk/assisted-suicide-information.


 
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