Funerals-Funeral Ministers/Bereavement Team

Blessed are those who mourn; they shall be comforted”  (Matthew 5:3)

In the face of death the Church confidently proclaims that God has created each person for eternal life and Jesus, the Son of God, by his death and resurrection has broken the chains of death.

The Church does two things.

  1. Prays for the person who has died. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. Amen
  2. Ministers to those in sorrow and grief and consoles them in the funeral rites of the Church with the comfort of the Word of God and the sacrament of the Eucharist. Christians celebrate a life that has been returned back to God.

Funerals and care for the bereaved at Our Lady’s

We understand how difficult it is to say good bye to someone who you have loved, in a special way we pray at Mass each Sunday for those who have died recently and their families.  Most practical arrangements regarding a funeral will be handled by the funeral director. A Funeral Mass takes place at the regular mass times during the week.  A Funeral Service may be arranged outside these times either in Our Lady’s Church or at a crematoria. A Vigil service the night before a funeral may take place in the church if this is the wish of the family.

Rosary: The parish Bereavement Team can lead the rosary in the deceased home or at a chapel of rest prior to the funeral. The Bereavement Team will support the deceased family at the funeral.

Funeral Ministers: The Archbishop has commissioned suitable people after specialist training to be Funeral Ministers. The Ministers will lead the committal at the graveside or crematoria following a funeral mass. They also lead Funeral Services in the Church.

The family and priest/funeral minister meet, before the funeral to discuss readings, music and other aspects of the funeral rites.