At St. John Neumann, we understand that if you have just experienced the death of a loved one you may be feeling confused, sad, stunned, and overwhelmed by your loss. We are here to offer both comfort and great hope for the future.
Catholics believe that at death “Life is changed, not ended.” Death is a passage to a new and fuller life, and ultimately to resurrection and eternal union with God.
Although death brings a deep sense of sadness and loss, faith provides solace and strength. It is a time when we encounter the things of God and our belief in Him in new way. It is a time for us to support and console one another–especially in our belief in the gift of eternal life. So, when as Christians we encounter death, we are drawn to prayer–to pray for those who have died and to pray for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one.
We have information on what you need to understand about Catholic beliefs about death and the Rites for Christian Burial.
Please contact Deacon Carl Calcara, Pastoral Associate at 614-937-5567 for information, answers to your questions, and assistance in assuring that the funeral ceremony captures your faith and hope in the resurrection as well as reflects your life or the life of a loved one as a disciple of Christ.