Worship the Lord
On behalf of all your fellow parishioners, the priests and staff of Saint John the Beloved Church extend to your family our prayerful sympathy in this time of loss and grief. There are many people praying for you and with you. At Sunday Mass we all pray especially for those of the parish family who have passed away recently. The Mass of Christian Burial that is celebrated in this parish community honors the ancient tradition of the classic Requiem Mass, employing Scriptural prayers and monastic chants that have been used at the burial rites of Christians for far more than one thousand years. In the Sacred Liturgy we experience the consolation of praying with each other, with the whole Church, with all the saints and with Jesus Christ Himself and of having them pray for us. This tangible connection with the Communion of Saints, those who pray for us in heaven and even those who still need us to pray for them, can be a comfort and consolation for us as we mourn the loss of a loved one.
Please download A Guide to Funeral Planning here to help you with preparations for the funeral ceremonies.
To assist your planning, please also download and refer to the Funeral Lectionary which provides you with selections for the Readings, Responsorial Psalm, Gospel, and Prayers of the Faithful.