From the General Introduction to the Order of Christian Funerals ...
Christians celebrate the funeral rites to offer worship, praise and thanksgiving to God for the gift of a life which has now been returned to God, the author of life and the hope of the just. The Mass, the memorial of Christ's death and resurrection, is the principal celebration of the Christian Funeral.
The Church through its funeral rites commends the dead 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 Christian community affirms and expresses the union of the Church on earth with the Church in heaven in the one great communion of saints.
The celebration of the Christian funeral brings hope and consolation to the living. While proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and witnessing to Christian hope in the resurrection, the funeral rites also recall to all who take part in them God's mercy and judgment adn meet the human need to turn always to God in times of crisis.
Our Worship Department is ready to assist any family in preparing the funeral rites of their deceased loved one. To schedule a meeting, call the office at 281-370-3401 and ask for Karla Jackson or Luis Garcia. If you are calling after regular office hours, follow the prompts given on the recording and an operator will assist you immediately.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. AMEN.