When someone we love dies, we often find that words are inadequate. We struggle to express our grief and our sense of helplessness in the face of the mystery of death.
We can allow the Word of God to speak to us at this time.
The Funeral Liturgies can be a very helpful step in the grieving process. There are usually three:
- The Rite of Reception (the Removal)
- The Funeral Mass
- The Rite of Committal (at the cemetery or crematorium)
Family members and friends may wish to take part in the preparation and planning of these liturgies.
To arrange a funeral ceremony please contact Fr. Mike Cussen or the Sacristans in Patrickswell or Ballybrown, or Pauline Twomey in the Parish Office.
The following guidelines were received from the Bishops of the Cashel Province. The purpose is to try and remind people of the risks associated with being together in the context of a funeral, outside the churches or in the cemeteries.
- Public Health guidelines are clear: attendance at funerals is to be restricted to 10. We appreciate there are some who believe that for the sake of accommodating the immediate family it would be better to allow a number higher than 10 for the funeral liturgy in a church. We too look forward to when that number can be increased. However, it is important that undertakers and priests clarify with bereaved families as early as possible regarding the limit of 10 people in the church.
- As recommended in our statement last March, there should be no removal to the church the evening before.
- People not attending the funeral liturgy should avoid congregating immediately outside the church building or around the hearse. For the sake of the great majority trying to keep to the public health guidelines, we ask people, difficult as it is, not to approach the bereaved in the church grounds or cemetery to sympathise.
- As per the public health guidelines regarding social and family gatherings, there should be no wakes or large gatherings for prayers in the house of the deceased nor gatherings in cemeteries.
- Support for the bereaved can be expressed through social media as an alternative to attending the funeral. Often it is possible to link to a local church for a funeral ceremony via a webcam/Facebook Live. We invite people to pray for the deceased and family of the deceased in their own homes at the time of the funeral Mass.
The Bishops of the Cashel Province are Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly; Bishop William Crean; Bishop Brendan Leahy; Bishop Ray Browne; Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan; Bishop Fintan Monahan; Bishop Fintan Gavin.