While funerals are not one of the seven sacraments of the Church, they are among the liturgies in which the Church hopes the faithful will participate. It is celebrated as a consequence of the deceased person’s baptism (where the deceased person first entered into union with Christ and the Church, a union which continues beyond the death of the body) and Eucharist (in which the person’s union with Christ and the Church was nurtured). The deceased person will now benefit from the Eucharistic Prayer in a new way, when intercession is made for all who have died in the mercy of the Lord.
Those who are approaching death and their families are encouraged to contact the pastor who cares for the souls of the parish. The families of a deceased person should contact a local funeral home to make arrangements for a funeral.