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An Overview Of Catholic Funeral Rites


"At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of Baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end, nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting Word of God and the Sacrament of the Eucharist."

Order of Christian Funerals
 
The Catholic funeral rite is divided into several stations, or parts, each with its own purpose. For this reason we recommend following the complete structure and making use of each station.
 
Vigil Service (Wake)
 
"At the vigil, the Christian community keeps watch with the family in prayer to the God of mercy and finds strength in Christ's presence" (Order of Christian Funerals, no. 56). The Vigil Service usually takes place during the period of visitation and viewing at the funeral home. It is a time to remember the life of the deceased and to commend him/her to God. In prayer we ask God to console us in our grief and give us strength to support one another.
 
The Vigil Service can take the form of a Service of the Word with readings from Sacred Scripture accompanied by reflection and prayers. It can also take the form of one of the prayers of the Office for the Dead from the Liturgy of the Hours. The clergy and your funeral director can assist in planning such service. It is most appropriate, when family and friends are gathered together for visitation, to offer time for recalling the life of the deceased. For this reason, eulogies are usually encouraged to be done at the funeral home during visitation or at the Vigil Service.
 
Funeral Liturgy
 
The funeral liturgy is the central liturgical celebration of the Christian community for the deceased. When one of its members dies, the Church encourages the celebration of the funeral liturgy at a Mass. When Mass cannot be celebrated, a funeral liturgy outside Mass can be celebrated at the church or in the funeral home.  At the funeral liturgy, the Church gathers with the family and friends of the deceased to give praise and thanks to God for Christ's victory over sin and death, to commend the deceased to God's tender mercy and compassion, and to seek strength in the proclamation of the Paschal Mystery. The funeral liturgy, therefore, is an act of worship, and not merely an expression of grief.
 
Rite of Committal (Burial or Interment)
 
The Rite of Committal, the conclusion of the funeral rite, is the final act of the community of faith in caring for the body of its deceased member. It should normally be celebrated at the place of committal, that is, beside the open grave or place of interment. In committing the body to its resting place, the community expresses the hope that, with all those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, the deceased awaits the glory of the resurrection. The Rite of Committal is an expression of the communion that exists between the Church on earth and the Church in heaven: the deceased passes with the farewell prayers of the community of believers into the welcoming company of those who need faith no longer, but see God face-to-face.
 
 
 

Cecilia C. Slawnik (97)

Blessed Sacrament Parishioner
Since 1951
Visitation
Friday, June 16, 20a7
9:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament
 
Memorial Mass
Friday, June 16, 2017
10:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament

Celebrant:Fr. Robert D. Turner, Pastor

Private Entombment
Monday, June 19, 2017
Mt Olivet Cemetery
3801 West Morgan Avenue, Milwaukee
Presider: Sr. Tess Engel
 
Obituary
Slawnik

 

Geraldine c. keegan (91)

Visitation
Sunday, June 4, 20a7
3:00-5:00 PM
Heritage Funeral Home
3801 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee 
414-744-7039
Funeral Mass
Monday, June 5, 2017
10:00 AM at Blessed Sacrament
Celebrant: Bishop Joseph Perry
Burial
Monday, June 5, 2017
Wood National Cemetery
5000 National Ave., Milwaukee
Obituary
Keegan

 

Daniel E. Robertson (39)

Son of Parishioners
Mary Ellen and Ed Robertson
 
Vigil & Prayer Service
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Vigil: 5-8 PM / Prayer Sevice 8 PM
Hartson Funeral Home
11111 West Janesville Rd 
Hales Corners, WI 53130

(414) 425-9797

Funeral Mass
Friday, May 26, 2017
10:00 AM
Celebrant: Fr. Carl Graczyk OFM
Blesed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church
3100 South 41st Street, Milwaukee, WI
 
Burial
Friday, May 26, 2017
11:15 AM (approximate)
Deacon Paul Klingseisen, Presider
Arlinton Park Cemetery
4141 South 27th St., Milwaukee, Wi
 
Obituary
Robertson

 

Marcella M. Kedzierski (88)

Vigil & Prayer Service
Friday, May 12, 2017
Vigil: 4:00 - 7:00 PM / Prayer Service: 6:00 PM
Deacon Paul Klingseisen, presider
Rozga-Walloch Funeral Home
4309 S. 20th St., Milwaukee, WI 53221
http://www.rozgafuneral.com/
 
Vigil and Funeral Mass
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Vigil: 10:00 - 11:00 AM / Mass: 11:00 AM
Celebrant: Fr. Ed Peklo SVD
Blessed Sacrament Church
3100 South 41st St., Milwaukee, WI 53215
(414) 649-4720
 
Burial
Saturday, May 13, 2017
12:15 PM (approximate)
St Adalbert Cemetery, 3801 S. 6th Street
Milwaukee, WI, US, 53221
 
Obituary
Kedzierski

 

George Witczak (89)

Parishioner Since 1956
 
Vigil & Prayer Service
Friday, March 24, 2017
Vigil: 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Prayer Service: 7:00 PM
Max A. Sass Greenfield-Greenridge Chapel
4747 South 60th Street, Greenfield
(414) 282-4050
Funeral Mass
Saturday, March 25, 2017
10:00 AM at Blessed Sacrament
Celebrant: Fr. Robert D. Turner, Pastor
Cremation
 
Obituary
Not Availalbe at This Time
 

 

Carol M. Bilot (80)

Parishioner Since 2003
Visitation and Funeral Mass
Saturday, March 18, 2017
9:00 - 10:30 AM Visitation / 10:30 AM Mass
at Blessed Sacrament
Celebrant: Fr. Robert D. Turner, Pastor
Burial
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Mt. Olivet Cemetery
3801 West Morgan Ave., Milwaukee
(414) 643-6748
Obituary
Bilot
 

Myron T. Kubczak (89)

Parishioner Since 1975
 
Visitation and Funeral Mass
Friday, March 17, 2017
9:00 - 10:30 AM Visitation / 10:30 AM Mass
at Blessed Sacrament
Celebrant: Fr. Robert D. Turner, Pastor
Burial
Friday, March 17, 2017
St. Adalbert Cemetery
3801 South 6th Street, Milwaukee
(414) 483-4663
Obituary
Kubczak
 

 

Marie M. Gaulke (103)

Parishioner Since 1951
Funeral Mass & Burial
Monday, March 6, 2017
Obituary
 

 

sylvia jeske (81)

Parishioner Since 2004
 

Visitation & Funeral Mass
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Obituary

agnes V . krzeminski (102)

Parishioner Since 1949
 
Visitation & Funeral Mass
Monday, February 20, 2017
Obituary
Krzeminski

Gregory klosowski (69)

Brother of Blessed Sacrament
Parishioner, Judy Chattin
 
Funeral Mass
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
St. Mary Catholic Faith Community
9520 W. Forest Home Avenue, Hales Corners
Obituary
Klosowski

 

LORRAINE M. KLECZKA (90)

Lifelong Parishioner
Funeral Mass & Entombment
Saturday, January 28, 2017
OBITUARY (CLICK)
Kleczka

 

dorothy B. ratajczyk (94)

Parishioner since 1978
Funeral Mass & Entombment
Friday, January 27, 2017
OBITUARY (CLICK)
Ratajczyk

Doris M. Kodzik (89)

Parishioner
Funeral Mass and Burial
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
OBITUARY (CLICK)
Koczik

 

Olga Gluszcz (92)

Parishioner since 2003
Funeral Mass and Burial
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
OBITUARY (CLICK)
Not provided

Rita P. Kaczmarek (95)

Funeral Mass and Burial
Thursday, January 5, 2017
OBITUARY (CLICK)

Caroline M. Kutz (82)

Funeral Mass and Burial
Thursday, December 22, 2016
OBITUARY (CLICK)

 

HAROLD T. KWAPICK (78)

Parishioner since 1987
Memorial Mass
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
OBITUARY (CLICK)

HELEN DAWIDZIAK (91)

Parishioner since 1978
Funeral Mass and Burial
Saturday, November 26, 2016
OBITUARY
Not Provided

 

Frieda Kellner (92)

Parishioner since 1970
Funeral Mass and Burial
Monday, November 7, 2016
OBITUARY (CLICK)

 

Peggy Ann King (51)

Visitation and Mass
Saturday, November 5 at Blessed Sacrament
OBITUARY (CLICK)

 

Attorney Kenneth J. Dunlap (88)

Parishioner Since 1984
Funeral Mass & Burial
Friday, November 4, 2016
OBITUARY (CLICK)

Dolores F. Mohar (99)

Parishioner since 1951
Funeral Mass & Burial
Friday, October 28
OBITUARY (CLICK)

DALE M. SZYMANSKI (77)

Parishioner since 1973
Memorial Mass (Cremation)
Saturday, October 22, 2016
OBITUARY (CLICK)

 

MARIAN J. KRAUCUNAS (87)

February 27, 1929 - October 8, 2016
Blessed Sacrament Parishioner
Funeral Mass & Burial
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
OBITUARY (CLICK)

Patricia napierala (80)

Funeral Mass & Burial
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
OBITUARY (CLICK)

STANLEY R. BARTON (93)

Parishioner since 1949
Funeral Mass  & Entombment
Tuesday, August 31, 2016
OBITUARY (CLICK)

rita smith (73)

Parishioner since 1983
Funeral Mass & Burial
Monday, August 22, 2016
OBITUARY (CLICK)

MARGARET MEZSICK (89)

Parishioner since 1995
Funeral Mass & Burial
Friday, August 19
OBITUARY (CLICK)

celine lonski (88)

Parishioner since 2007
Funeral Mass & Burial
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
OBITUARY (CLICK)