The Christian funeral is neither a sacrament nor a sacramental, but nonetheless it is a liturgical celebration of the Church. The ministry of the Church aims at expressing communion with the deceased and communion among those family and friends gathered for the funeral (CCC. 1684). The funeral rites of the Church express the Paschal (Easter) character of Christian death as we all proclaim the gift of eternal life.
A funeral is usually celebrated at a Eucharistic liturgy. For a person baptized into the Church, it is the most fitting way to pray for the deceased. As we hope and pray for the deceased, we also remember and celebrate their life. The Church's ritual enables the mourning family to begin the process of grieving. It is an essential part of the healing process, helping to understand and cope with grief. The Catholic liturgy always provides courage and comfort for mourning the death of your loved one. As we gather to pray for our beloved dead, we are strengthened and renewed in our faith so that we can recommit ourselves to God.
Typically, the funeral director contacts the priest, which can be done through the parish office at 262-639-3223. Then a time can be set up to prepare readings, music, and the ministries needed to participate in the funeral liturgy.
Cremation is no longer prohibited by the Catholic Church, though the Church still recommends the body be present for the funeral rites. The reason for this is in honoring the deceased's body; we reaffirm our belief in the resurrection of the body. Cremation is allowed as long as it has not been chosen for reasons contrary to the Catholic faith. The Church maintains that cremated remains should still be treated with the same respect as corporal remains. They are most appropriately buried or placed in a columbarium at the cemetery.
Catholic Funerals FAQ – Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Bereavement and Funerals – USCCB
Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home