The Church, through its Funeral rites, commends the faithfully departed to God’s merciful love and pleads for the forgiveness of their sins. At the Funeral rites, especially at the celebration of the Eucharistic sacrifice, the Church affirms and expresses the union of the Church on earth with the Church in heaven in the one great Communion of Saints. Though separated from the living, the dead are still at one with the community of believers on earth and benefit from their prayers and intercession. At the rite of Final Commendation and Farewell, the Church acknowledges the reality of separation and commends the deceased to God. In this way it recognizes the spiritual bond that still exists between the living and the dead and proclaims its belief that all the faithful will be raised up and reunited in the new heavens and a new earth, where death will be no more.
Planning a Funeral Mass
Funeral planning takes place during a meeting between the Priest of the Funeral Mass and family members of the deceased. If a Funeral Home is involved in the arrangements, they will assist in scheduling this meeting. If a Funeral Home is not involved in the arrangements, please call the Parish Office directly at 651-738-2646 to schedule a meeting.
In 1997 the Vatican granted permission for Funeral Masses to be celebrated with the cremated remains of an individual at the discretion of each diocesan bishop. Though allowing Catholics to choose cremation, the Catholic Church “clearly prefers and urges that the body of the deceased be present for the Funeral rites, since the presence of the human body better expresses the values which the Church affirms in those rites” (Order of Christian Burial, appendix II). In addition to fully expressing the Church’s belief in the resurrection of the body, the presence of the body at the Funeral allows the friends and family of the deceased to enter into the grieving process in a way that is substantively different than with the cremated remains. Therefore, those opting to have cremation are strongly encouraged to have the body of the deceased present at the Funeral, with cremation and burial to follow in the next couple of days.
By civil and Church law, cremated remains cannot be spread or buried in any place other than a designated cemetery or columbarium. Therefore, prior to Funeral services being held at Transfiguration Catholic Church, arrangements must be made for the burial of the cremated remains. For more information, please visit http://www.catholic-cemeteries.org/cremation.aspx.
Please note that many cremation groups (such as the Minnesota Cremation Society) do not offer the full services of a Funeral home. Please contact the Transfiguration Parish Office at 651-738-2646 to set up a Funeral planning meeting.