|Pastoral Care of the Sick|
The care of the sick and the dying is an integral and on-going part of the ministry of Christ in the Church and our Stewardship of St. Joan of Arc Parish. Our team of dedicated Eucharistic ministers provide weekly pastoral care to the sick and shut-ins who reside at home or in health care centres. This pastoral team works closely with the pastor to insure that those who desire may receive the Eucharist on a regular basis. Please call the office to inform us of your needs.
The sacrament of the sick is administered promptly to anyone who requests this personally or through a family member, caregiver, or pastoral care team member. This request can be made directly of the pastor, a pastoral care team member or through the parish office by telephone or email. Please know it is our privilege to serve every person and family who desires pastoral care. Never hesitate to call us when the need occurs.
Care of the sick involves a process that moves from administering the sacraments that sometimes leads to physical healing. At other times it leads to prayer that will assist the person dying. Our Faith is grounded in Eternal Life. “It is the Will of Our Father that all who see the Son and believe in Him may have Eternal Life; and will be raised up on the last day.” We are dedicated to providing care for you and your loved ones in the hour of need whichever course life takes.
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When Catholic individuals die, they have the right to receive the Mass of Christian Burial. This is a Eucharistic celebration of the Eternal Life promised through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Funeral services usually begin through the coordination of the pastor, and the family in communication with local funeral directors.
When a death occurs in your family, it is important that you call the pastor as soon as possible, so that proper arrangements are coordinated in a manner that is fitting and appropriate for Christian Burial Rites in the Church.
Pre-arrangements with funeral directors and family members that are made without Church involvement can make it difficult or impossible for the Ordinary Rites to be celebrated. If you or your family is considering pre-arrangements, it is important that you call the pastor to discuss the ordinary procedures of the Church so these are incorporated into the funeral plans. It is advisable to inform your family members of your desire either through your Will or through instructions written to your family members so that they will be honored and realized. The Mass of Christian Burial is an evangelizing event and an opportunity for the Christian Community to gather and celebrate your Faith in the Lord and the Eternal Life promised in Christ who is the Resurrection and the Life.
The ordinary funeral procedure includes vigil prayers at a viewing or wake service. Here the pastor who will preside at the Mass of Christian Burial can also meet with the family. This is so the Rite can be made personal, and so that family members can participate appropriately in the scripture readings. It is also an opportunity to plan the liturgy with appropriate psalms and hymns. Ordinarily the body of the deceased is brought to the church the following day for the mass of Christian Burial. It is then is taken either to a cemetery where burial rites are performed, or the body is removed for cremation. The cremains would then be buried at a later date when they are made available.
When the person’s body has been cremated immediately after death, or after a viewing, the Mass of Christian Burial can be celebrated with the cremains brought to the church at the convenience of the family. These can be carried either by the family or the funeral director, depending upon the arrangements the family has made. If there is a viewing it is good to have the Vigil service there, so that the pastor can personalize the Mass of Christian Burial with the cremains, and include the family in the celebration. The burial rites would be performed at the columbarium or cemetery. If the cremains are interred in a distant location, a local priest or deacon is usually enlisted for the service.
Prayers for the deceased will be included in the daily and Sunday Eucharistic Liturgies of the Parish for two weeks following the funeral celebrations. Please feel free to discuss any particular concerns or details you may have with the pastor.
In the peace and Love of Christ and the Holy Family of Jesus Mary and Joseph. Please contact the office for more information.
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This ministry was formed to help families and individuals with receptions in the hall following a funeral service. They recommend available caterers, assist with arrangements, provide setup and serve during the reception. Please contact the office for more information.
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