At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of baptism and strengthened at the eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting word of God and the sacrament of the eucharist. (Order of Christian Funerals, 4)
If you are visiting this page, it is possible that you feel sad, lost, confused, stunned, or possibly even angered or overwhelmed by your loss. Now, you’re not really sure what you need to do, or where you should turn to find comfort, love and a helping heart to help bear the pain and grief you feel. We pledge to do all we can to support you during this difficult time. Our local funeral homes will help take care of most details with our Church regarding logistics and times, while our parish ministers will meet with the deceased’s family to plan the funeral service at the church.
Your First Step
Please contact our Parish Office and let us know of your loved one’s passing and what funeral home will be making arrangements. Do not feel you have to “take the lead” to plan all the details. We recommend letting the funeral home work through the details as both they and the parish have constraints on when we can support your celebration of life.
Planning the Funeral
At St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, the liturgical details of funerals and memorials are planned with the family or friends of the deceased guided by a priest, pastoral associates, and the family or friends of the deceased. Please call the Parish Office at 703-221-4044. One of our pastoral associates will organize a meeting to plan the funeral liturgy.