Light in the Darkness - Preparing better Catholic Funerals
Author: Paul Turner
Although the Catholic Funeral Rite has not changed in the past few decades, society has.
Paul Tuner, paster of St Anthony Parish in Kansas, Missouri, takes a fresh look at the pastoral challenges society is posing, while giving concrete suggestions for implementing the vision of the Catholic Church's Order of Christian Funerals.
Pastoral care: The person who died; funeral homes and cemeteries; the obituary, what we are doing; Cremation; the absence of the body, the three stages
Rituals: The Last Rites; Liturgical environment; the Wake; related Rites and Prayers; the Funeral Mass; Rite of Committal; Musical selections; the role of priests
Toolbox: the Readings; brief sample homilies; handouts for mourners
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