A funeral is an essential part of the healing process, helping us to understand and cope with grief. The Catholic liturgy always provides courage and comfort for mourning the death of a loved one. The book of Genesis tells us that God has created us in His own image and likeness. Death is not an end but a “gateway” to a new life in the presence of the Triune God. Our human bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, destined for future glory at the resurrection of the dead. Like Christ, we too shall rise and join our heavenly Father, uniting heaven and earth in one great communion of saints.
Celebrating A Funeral Mass In Community During Daily Mass:
St. Timothy Catholic Church celebrates the Mass of Resurrection during daily Mass at 9am, Monday and Wednesday through Saturday. Our Catholic Funeral Mass is carried out in accordance with the prescribed rites of the Roman Catholic Church. Why is the presence of the community so important? It flows from our Catholic understanding of liturgy and sacraments. The Church endeavors to maintain the true nature of sacramental celebrations. “Liturgical services are not private functions, but are celebrations belonging to the Church which is the sacrament of unity. Liturgical services involve the whole Body of the Church.” (CSL, 26) Constitution on the Liturgy [CSL], document issued at the Second Vatican Council.
Our funerals adhere to Order of Christian Funerals & Cremation Rite. The Funeral Mass may take place in the Day Chapel or in the main Sanctuary. An exception is sparingly made for an 11AM funeral service. No funerals on Sunday; funerals on Saturday are at 9am only. Wakes and Visitations may be held in the Wake Room or in the Narthex…depending on space availability. Our Wake room provides ample capacity for your vigil service. A Vigil Service is when Clergy is invited to do a short Scripture based service. Usually 20-25 minutes. A Wake or Visitation may offer a time for praying the Rosary or simply a time for family and friends to come and bring you comfort. Also, this is a perfect time for Eulogies, telling stories celebrating the gift of the life of the deceased loved one. Visitation/Wake may be arranged for the evening prior to the funeral or one hour before the funeral Mass. Evening Wake times are from 6pm-8pm the day prior to the funeral. The Narthex may also serve as a wake area, depending on space availability. A Funeral Ministry coordinator will meet at the church with a family member to prepare the liturgy and find out the family’s needs throughout this most tragic time.
If you have an ill family member and would like to prepare the funeral liturgy ahead of time, please call the office at 813-968-1077.
Having a Living Will, Advanced Directives, and an identified Health Care Surrogate are important elements to address as one seeks to plan and be prepared for the end of life. Follow this link to the Florida Catholic Conference website. Information is provided that can be helpful for those who are seeking information about Catholic Declaration on Life and Death as well as Advance Directives. (Information is provided in English and in Spanish ).