FUNERALS

FUNERALS

Catholic Witness to the Resurrection

Father R. Joseph Owles is generally available to officiate funeral services for families who do not have a local church affiliation and can serve a multitude of denominations.

A Catholic funeral is a witness to the resurrection. The time of loss and grief we experience at the death of a loved one is not a loss of faith, or even a betrayal of faith, but a genuine human expression that things and people that mean a lot to us make us sad when they are no longer in our lives. All loss is accompanied by grief. A Catholic funeral does not ignore the genuine feelings of grief, neither does it ask anyone to swallow their grief by painting a rosey picture of life after death. A Catholic funeral seeks to balance the very real feelings of grief with the very real hope of resurrection. Christian hope is not a strong wish or desire, but an expectation. We expect to be raised just as Jesus Christ was raised. We expect our loved ones to be raised too. So we balance the grief of a temporary loss that appears like a permanent one, with the very real expectation of eternal life, which is permanent.