As Christians we believe that death is a part of life. At the Funeral Mass we recognize that life is changed, not ended. We are created to be with God in eternal life. Still, the Church recognizes the need to grieve and to help the deceased with our prayers. The Funeral Rites of the Church help us to view death through Christian eyes. Jesus Himself had to die so that He could rise again to welcome us into eternal life. We are called to follow Him even unto death, so we may rise with Him on the last day. The Funeral Rites actually begin with the Funeral Vigil Service at the funeral home during the calling hours. Then, there is the Funeral Mass which concludes with the committal at the cemetery. It is important to celebrate the fullness of these rites not only for the one who has died, but also for the consolation of those who remain.
Please contact Cathy Sivec, Rectory Office Manager at 330-836-2233, ext:107 to discuss a meeting with one of our priests. You can also email Cathy at SivecC@stsebastian.org. The parish or the funeral home can provide you with a funeral booklet if you plan to have the Mass at St. Sebastian that can help answer many questions you may have during this difficult time.
We are sorry for for loss.