Funeral Homilies

Tell others about the truth that sets you free. – Pope Benedict XVI


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It is no use walking somewhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. – St. Francis


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People will remember the faith you had, not the words you preached. – Cardinal Francis George


Funeral Homilies based on Scripture Texts

Symbols in a Catholic Funeral

As part of its mission to help Catholics understand, live, and share their faith, the Augustine Institute encourages individuals and families to think about and prepare for death. To aid Catholics with practical elements like end-of-life medical care, funerals, legal documents, grief, and similar topics, features 60+ videos of experts answering common questions, from “Are ghosts real?” to “How do I grieve a miscarriage?” and more.

“At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun inthe 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, no. 4)

Worst Funeral Ever

Sometimes, things go horribly wrong at church. Fr. Casey tells of his worst experience celebrating a funeral mass and what he learned from it.

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There is so much we can say at a Catholic funeral – from repentance to hope of salvation. But to a large extent the homily at Catholic funerals has become a eulogy. This is part of a wider secularisation of the Church and her worship. This is not what a funeral homily should be.

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Given during a Day of Reflection at Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House, Fr. Michael offers 4 Steps to transforming our grief. from John 14 verses 1-6 Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be…

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Fr. John Riccardo joins Ralph to reflect on grieving with hope and praying for those who have gone before us.

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If you’ve lost a loved one to suicide, don’t despair. According to St. Faustina, God gives those who are dying three opportunities to repent. And since God is both all-powerful and all-knowing, he can do so in mere seconds. We can do something for those who have taken their own life. We can pray for them, especially with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. God is outside of time, so he can apply those graces to the person we’re praying for at the very moment they need it most. If you or someone you know has expressed suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 or Text: 741741

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What Happens at Death? Join Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, as he explains Catholic teaching concerning death and judgment and our transition from this world to our next life — a life throughout eternity. Please Be Prepared!

Mark 16:15

“Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.”

romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: for Jew first, and then Greek.”

romans 10:15

“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring [the] good news!”

Prayer is to our soul what rain is to the soil.

Saint John Vianney