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Sacraments - Planning a Funeral Service

Our Lady of the Rosary Funeral Planning for Active Parishioners

"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.

****If death is imminent Please call the office and arrange for one of the priests to visit so that the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Viaticum (the Eucharist), can be administered.

When a loved one has died, Our Lady of the Rosary offers consolation and guidance to the family members in planning a funeral or memorial liturgy.

Please contact the Parish Office to schedule an appointment for a consultation and to discuss the planning, coordination and any additional facilities or resources you require.

Email: parish@olrsd.org

Or call the office: 619-234-4820

The Funeral Rite

The Catholic funeral rite is divided into three parts: Vigil Service / Rosary The Vigil Service usually takes place during the period of visitation and viewing at the funeral home. It is a time to remember the life of the deceased and to commend him/her to God. In prayer, we ask God to console us in our grief and give us the strength to support one another. The Vigil Service can take the form of a Service of the Word with readings from Sacred Scripture accompanied by the rosary.

It is most appropriate when family and friends are gathered together for visitation, to offer time for recalling the life of the deceased. For this reason, eulogies are usually encouraged to be done at the funeral home during visitation or at the Vigil Service.

Funeral Liturgy

The funeral liturgy is the central liturgical celebration of the Christian community for the deceased. At the funeral liturgy, the Church gathers with the family and friends of the deceased to give praise and thanks to God for Christ's victory over sin and death, to commend the deceased to God's tender mercy and compassion, and to seek strength in the proclamation of the Paschal Mystery. The funeral liturgy, therefore, is an act of worship, and not merely an expression of grief. The Church has a rich repertoire of sacred reading and music specifically for the funeral mass. The priest or deacon can make appropriate selections.

Rite of Committal (Burial or Interment)

The Rite of Committal, the conclusion of the funeral rite, is the final act of the community of faith in caring for the body of its deceased member. It should normally be celebrated at the place of committal, that is, besides the open grave or place of interment. In committing the body to its resting place, the community expresses the hope that, with all those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, the deceased awaits the glory of the resurrection.


Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleum 4470 Hilltop Drive, San Diego, CA 92102 Phone (619) 264-3127

Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery 4050 Mission Ave. Oceanside, CA 92057 Phone (760) 757-3651


Contact the Pastoral Center (619) 234-4820