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Funerals

We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to you and your family during this time of loss. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church is here to assist you during this difficult and painful time. We offer as a faith community our prayers for the repose of the soul of your loved one, as well as comfort and consolation for you and your family. Our priests are available for you to provide spiritual direction and bereavement counseling after the funeral of your loved one.

In order to make the arrangements for the funeral service as easy as possible during this time of loss, please contact the funeral home of your choice; they will then contact our funeral coordinator, Su Su Lester, at the Parish office – (337) 369-3816 – to establish a time of service and other needed arrangements.

Funeral Readings

In the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word at the funeral liturgy, the Biblical readings may not be replaced by nonbiblical readings. But during prayer services with the family nonbiblical readings may be used in addition to readings from Scripture.

– Order of Christian Funerals, General Introduction, nos. 22-23

Bereavement

Because of our belief not only in the immortality of the soul, but also in the resurrection of the body, the Church professes hope in the face of death, and acts with charity in the funeral rites. The Church provides a number of prayers for the faithful to offer both to accompany the dying of a loved one and to strengthen our faith upon their death. Through private prayer and public funeral rites, we strengthen our faith and hope, comfort those who mourn, and bury the bodily remains of the deceased with care befitting what was the Temple of the Holy Spirit.

 

Reception of Holy Communion at Funerals

We often gather as a faith community to share in sorrow the passing of loved ones with each other. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is often where many of us will gather with family for these most profound moments in our lives. Many times members joining us for these events may not be Catholic or may have fallen away from their faith and are not able to receive Holy Communion. At all funerals, a brief announcement will be made to remind all faithful present about the proper disposition that must be possessed to receive Our Lord in the Eucharist. These guidelines are prescribed by the USCCB - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - and are found inside of the back cover of the Missalette.

Below is the announcement that will be made at these Masses:

As we prepare to receive our Lord in the Holy Eucharist, we remind all present that as Roman Catholics we believe that Christ is truly present in the Holy Eucharist; therefore, one must be worthily prepared to receive Him. If you are not Catholic or for Catholics who are not properly disposed to receive Holy Communion, we would ask that you refrain from the reception of Holy Communion. You may come forward in the communion line for a blessing, please indicate such by placing your hand on your chest or your index finger over your lips. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.