If you need assistance with planning a funeral at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, please contact the Parish Office.
The death of a loved one is a very difficult moment in the life of every family. Our parish joins with the family and friends of the deceased and offers sympathy and support.
In the face of death, the Church confidently proclaims that God has created each person for eternal life and that Jesus has destroyed death forever through his own death and resurrection. The sacred liturgy of Christian funerals enables us to proclaim and celebrate this hopeful aspect of our faith, and to pray for the person who has died asking for the forgiveness of sin and the gift of everlasting life.
There are three main aspects to the funeral liturgy that take place, the Vigil Service, the Funeral Mass, and the Rite of Committal. Soon after the death of the loved one, the parish should be called in order to speak with Father Roy to arrange times for these liturgies.
The Vigil Service takes place in the funeral home the day before the funeral Mass. It is a fairly short liturgy that involves the Word of God and some prayers to God for strength and mercy.
The celebration of the Funeral Mass with the body of the deceased present is the heart of the Church’s expression of communion with the departed. The liturgy begins with the reception of the body and is followed by the Liturgy of the Word, the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the Final Commendation and Farewell.
The Rite of Committal is the final part of the overall funeral liturgy, and it involves the reverential burial of the earthly remains in a blessed grave or entombed in a mausoleum.
The Archdiocese of Toronto has a number of Catholic Cemeteries that families are encouraged to use, for they ensure the proper honour and respect to our beloved’s earthly remains. Our local Catholic Cemetery is St. John’s Newmarket, and the phone number is 905-898-4137 ext 229.