To plan funeral arrangements please contact the church office at 541-258-5333
The Church embraces people who grieve the loss of a loved one and confidently proclaims, through prayer and ritual, that God has created each person for eternal life. The Church community gathers to support and assist each other in grieving the reality of the separation between the living and the dead. At the same time, the community affirms the reality of the spiritual bond that unites the Church on earth with the Church in heaven.
The Funeral Vigil is the time following death and before the funeral liturgy. The family and friends gather around the deceased for the first time. This may take place at the funeral home, the Church, or the home. This is when the Christian community keeps watch with the family and friends of the deceased in prayer of the Rosary and scripture readings. Eulogies, memories, and stories of the life of the deceased are also shared.
The Funeral Mass is the central celebration of the community on the day of burial. The family and friends of the deceased give thanks and praise to God for Christ’s victory over sin and death. At the Mass the deceased is commended to God’s tender mercy and compassion while the community is consoled and strengthened by the Word in the scripture and by the sacrament of the Eucharist.
The Gifts of Bread and Wine may be brought forth to the altar during Mass by two family members and given to the priest. The priest may explain this simple, yet significant procedure the day of the funeral.
A Eulogy may be given by someone selected by the family to share personal reflections and experiences with the assembly. Those preparing to do so should have a written text and will speak after communion before the dismissal.
A Funeral Reception is an opportunity for family and friends to gather for further greeting, encouragement, support, and nourishment over food. The family may choose to have a reception after Mass and before the interment at the cemetery. It may take place in the parish hall.