The clergy, staff and parishioners of St. John the Baptist offer our condolences and prayers to the family and friends of your loved one.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Christian Death
"The Christian meaning of death is revealed in the light of the Paschal mystery of the death and resurrection of Christ in whom resides our only hope. The Christian who dies in Christ Jesus is "away from the body and at home with the Lord. For the Christian the day of death inaugurates, at the end of his sacramental life, the fulfillment of his new birth begun at Baptism, the definitive "conformity" to "the image of the Son" conferred by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and participation in the feast of the Kingdom which was anticipated in the Eucharist- even if final purifications are still necessary for him in order to be clothed with the nuptial garment. The Church who, as Mother, has borne the Christian sacramentally in her womb during his earthly pilgrimage, accompanies him at his journey's end, in order to surrender him "into the Father's hands." She offers to the Father, in Christ, the child of his grace, and she commits to the earth, in hope, the seed of the body that will rise in glory.186 This offering is fully celebrated in the Eucharistic sacrifice; the blessings before and after Mass are sacramentals." (CCC 1681-1683)
Planning a Funeral
***NOTE: Please work through the funeral home to organize and schedule a vigil service (the wake) the funeral Mass and burial.
The Vigil (the Wake) - normally takes place at a funeral home. The parish staff will provide a presider to lead the celebration of the Vigil for Christian Funerals. This includes the celebration of the Rosary. For registered and active parishioners, the option of celebrating the Vigil and Rosary in the presence of the deceased can take place in the Church with permission from the Pastor (if the Church is available).
The Funeral - normally takes place within the context of the Mass. With the consultation of the Pastor, the family may opt to celebrate a Liturgy of the Word with if it is felt that most of the participants and guests are not Catholic or are non-practicing Catholics.
- without Mass - the family may choose the readings for the Liturgy of the Word. All readings MUST be from the options listed and ONLY these. A homily or reflection is given and the Rite of Committal is celebrated in the presence of the deceased in the Church or in the funeral home chapel.
- with Mass - the funeral Mass is normally celebrated by the parish priests or at his discretion another priest. The family may choose the readings for the Mass. All readings MUST be from the options listed and ONLY these.
Lectors (Readers at Mass) - Lectors/Readers for the Mass must be practicing Catholics. Taking a role in the liturgy as a lay man or woman is a privilege only reserved for Catholics. Find readings here
Music - the family may choose to hire the parish musicians for music at Mass. Please contact the parish musicians to schedule and arrange payment. ***Permission must be granted by the Pastor for other musicians to be used for the funeral Mass. No CD or recorded music is allowed at Mass.
Eulogies - because the funeral is a very sensitive and emotional time eulogies must be reserved for private family moments. Eulogies are not allowed in the Church or during the Funeral Mass. They are best done after the burial or at the fellowship meal gathering following all service.
Burials & Cremation - "The bodies of the dead must be treated with respect and charity, in faith and hope of the Resurrection. The burial of the dead is a corporal work of mercy;it honors the children of God, who are temples of the Holy Spirit." (CCC 2300) "The Church permits cremation, provided that it does not demonstrate a denial of faith in the resurrection of the body." (CCC 2301)