"The death of a Christian is not the end of life, but rather a transformation in an onward journey towards eternal life with God. We believe that this call to eternal life begins for all Christians in the waters of baptism."
St. Patrick's Parish follows the Diocesan Recommendations on Funerals.
"The Catholic funeral rites commend the deceased to the mercy of God, and as we give thanks to God for the life of a Christian we pray that God may forgive whatever sins the deceased may have committed through human weakness".
In planning a funeral liturgy we ask you to take note of the following:
St. Patrick's Church: Mr Brendan Mc Court - 042 - 9338756/9332126
St. Nicholas' Church: Mrs Deirdre Morgan - 042 - 9388868
St. Nicholas' Church: Organist: Ms Sarah McCourt
Readings: All reading must be taken from Sacred Scripture - your priest will give you a choice of readings and will help you choose what is appropriate.
Offertory: Only the gifts of bread and wine will be offered at this time.
Symbols: If there are symbols of the deceased's life that are meaningful to family and friends, these can be brought to a sacred space either at the reception of the remains (at the vigil of the funeral) or before the funeral Mass begins.
Homily: The homily will be given by the priest and will be prepared in consultation with the family of the deceased.
Eulogy: A eulogy will not be allowed during the funeral Mass. However should a family member wish to speak about the deceased this can be done at the reception of the remains (at the vigil), in the family home or funeral home or by the graveside.
The priests of St. Patrick's encourage family members to take an active part in the Funeral Liturgy of their deceased loved ones and they will assist them in every way possible.
If you need further help the National Centre for Liturgy has the following document available. To read this please click here