“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.  The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing , not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares”.
                                                             - Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude
When a loved one dies, contact the St. Charles Parish Office (889-3248) to arrange a suitable date and time for the funeral in consultation with the funeral director. If the family wishes to have a reception at St. Charles after the funeral, it can be arranged through the St. Charles Ladies Association.  The Ladies Association provides a catering service at a reasonable rate.


A Christian Funeral: Source of Hope
The Archdiocese of Winnipeg
Why Funeral Rites?
The death of a relative or friend is a time of great grief.  Every death is mourned in a unique way depending on the relationship one has had with the deceased.  In many ways every person’s grief is personal.  At the same time, as members of a faith community we join with others in remembering, grieving and seeking consolation.  It is in this community that we find comfort and support.  It is in this community that we are reminded of the risen Lord who is our strength.  The rites of the Church during this time of the funeral help us to come to terms with our loss.  The rites offer meaning during our time of despair.
Walking through the Order of Christian Funeral
The three funeral rites are principally concerned with the final journey that a community makes with the deceased loved one.  Christian liturgy places a person’s death, and the sorrow of the mourners, in the context of Christ’s death and resurrection.  We pray for the deceased and allow our faith in the resurrection of Jesus to sustain us.  All three rites are to be celebrates in the presence of the body of the deceased whenever possible.
The principal ritual unfolds in three moments:
1. The Vigil
The vigil, customarily in the form of the Liturgy of the Word, consists of the introductory rites, a proclamation from scripture, a homily, the prayer of intercessions and a concluding rite.  The vigil takes place in the church or the funeral home.  The body of the deceased is present.  The vigil provides the opportunity of personalizing the liturgy and offering words of remembrance.
2. The Funeral Mass
The funeral mass includes the reception of the body or cremated remains, the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word, the Liturgy of the Eucharist, and the final commendation and farewell.  The Mass may be followed by the procession to the place of committal.
3. The Rite of Committal
The rite of committal begins with an invitation and prayer over the place of burial.  The rite continues with the words of committal and the Lord’s Prayer.  A responsorial   and blessing conclude the three moments of the Order of Christian funeral
St. Charles Catholic Parish
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