The Order of Christian Funerals
Parishes often receive notice that a member of their assembly has died when the local funeral director calls to make arrangements for the funeral liturgy. There is a variety of outreach available to you from St. Blase Parish. “At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of Baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end nor does it break the bonds forged in life.” ~Order of Christian Funerals #4
In union with all Christ’s faithful people, the prayer of the Church brings spiritual help to our loved one and consoling hope to those who mourn as we give witness to our faith in the future resurrection of the baptized with Christ.
The staff here at St. Blase would be very happy to work with you individually to plan your loved one’s funeral. After meeting with the local funeral director, please call the parish to make an appointment with Dr Mary Dumm, our Pastoral Associate (586) 268-2244 to discuss the celebration of the funeral rites.
Please take some time to reflect on the Celebration of Christian Funerals.
Frequently asked questions taken from the FAQ provided by the Archdiocese of Detroit.
These readings are options for a funeral liturgy.
For the funeral liturgy, please choose music from our hymnal, Gather, Third Edition. Some options are listed above.
The Pastoral Letter from our Archbishop, promulgated in February 2013.
Other Important Information: Cremation
Can Catholics be cremated?
Yes. Since 1963 Catholics have had the choice to be cremated.
When should the cremation take place?
The Church prefers that the cremation take place after the full funeral liturgy. However in American culture, cremation often takes place immediately after death.
If the cremation takes place immediately after death, what about the funeral liturgy?
If this is the case, then the cremated remains must be brought to the Church for the funeral liturgy in a worthy container. There are prayers in the Order of Christian Funeral for cremation.
May we scatter the ashes?
No. “The practice of scattering cremated remains…or keeping cremated remains in the home…are not the revert disposition that the Church requires.” (Order of Christian Funeral, Appendix II)
So what should we do?
Respectful disposition of cremated remains involves internment or entombment. Your funeral director is able to explain these options.