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The death of someone you love is always traumatic. But even in your darkest moments, you need not fear, for God is with you. He is close to you.

"Do not let your hearts be troubled", Jesus says. "Trust in God still and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house".

This is the wonderful promise of Jesus – that he has prepared a place for those who love him.

The priests of the parish will be glad to discuss with you any aspect of the Funeral Liturgy. We will assist you in the preparation of the Funeral Liturgy – readings from Scripture, Prayers of the Faithful, Offertory Procession, Sacred Music, etc. It is our wish that the Liturgy will be a time of prayer for your loved one and of consolation and hope for you. In the course of the Funeral Liturgy, we try to let God’s word speak to the hearts, so that we all might hear and be comforted by the Christian message,

that life is changed, not ended; when the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death, we gain an everlasting dwelling place in heaven

(Preface for the Dead 1) is a useful website to help families prepare the funeral liturgy.

For links to organisations who can assist you in your bereavement please visit our Support Services page.

The Funeral Rite

The funeral has three principal stages or moments: the vigil and reception of the body at the Church; the central funeral liturgy, which normally includes Mass; and the rite of committal.


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