Catholic Funeral Service
What is a Catholic Funeral
When someone dies, in the Catholic tradition, there are three key ceremonies that take place: the wake, the funeral mass, and the committal.
The wake is typically held at the deceased person's home or at a funeral home and is a time for family and friends to gather to grieve and remember the life of the person who has passed away. The funeral mass is a religious service that is held at a church, and includes readings from the Bible, prayers, and eulogies. The committal is the final ceremony in which the body of the deceased is buried or cremated.
How Catholics View Death
As Christians, Catholics believe in life after death. They believe that the kind of life they led while alive will determine their final destination. Purgatory is a place where some Catholics believe they go after death to atone for their sins before entering heaven. This belief is not as common among modern Catholics as it once was, but it still informs the traditions of many Catholic funerary rites.
Catholics believe that death is not the end but a transition time. The soul of the deceased goes to either heaven, hell, or purgatory. Catholics also believe in the resurrection of the body, and that one day, the dead will live again.
How A Catholic Funeral Service is Held
A Catholic funeral service is typically held within a church, led by a priest. The service includes readings from the Bible, prayers, hymns, and a eulogy.
The casket is usually present at the Catholic funeral service, and guests may view the body before the service begins. A crucifix or rosary may be placed on top of the casket.
During the Catholic funeral service, family and friends will have the opportunity to share memories and stories about the deceased. The priest will also offer words of comfort and support.
At the end of the Catholic funeral service, guests will typically line up to offer their condolences to the family members. They may also say a final prayer for the deceased.
Catholic funeral services are a unique option that Naugle Funeral Home & Cremation Services offers to the families in our community. If you are looking for a funeral service with a religious detail, our team can help you plan a beautiful and meaningful ceremony that celebrates the life of your loved one.
We understand that this is an important time for you, and we want to do everything we can to make it as easy as possible for you. Please don't hesitate to contact us at (904) 299-1032 if you have any questions or would like more information about our catholic funeral service.