As Catholics, we believe that God has created each person for eternal life. Our physical death, therefore, is really a preparation for eternity. It is with this belief in the promise of eternal life that we celebrate the Catholic Funeral Mass. The truth of life after death brings hope and comfort to believers as they mourn the death of a loved one.
The Church ministers to those who grieve the loss and aids them in finding consolation through the funeral rites and the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Your local funeral home will guide you through the planning process for a funeral. The Funeral Planner booklet below will help you prepare to meet with the pastor or bereavement ministers at St. Joan of Arc to prepare for the funeral Mass. It offers selected readings, psalms, prayers of the faithful and song selections for you to review ahead of time if desired.
The Funeral home will contact the Parish Office to make the initial arrangements, or you may also contact us as 847-673-0409.
We also recommend www.catholiccemeterieschicago.org as a resource.