Anointing of the Sick / Funerals
The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is administered to persons who are seriously ill or in danger of death through old age. It is also fitting for a person to receive the sacrament before a serious operation. Anointing should ideally take place well before the person is actually “dying” because the more they are able to participate in the sacrament, the greater its benefits. The priest’s Laying on of Hands (part of the full ceremony) can sometimes bring physical healing during an illness if God deems it necessary for their spiritual healing. The anointing is usually preceded by sacramental confession, if possible, and includes the reception of Holy Communion, if possible. Thus the sacrament brings forgiveness of sins, spiritual strength, the comfort of knowing one is at peace with God, as well as preparing the recipient to make a beautiful offering of their entire lives to God, an offering that is unique to them alone.
Anointing of the Sick
To receive this sacrament, please call the Parish Office and the secretary will take down your information so that a priest may contact you directly. After office hours, our answering service will take your call. The priest on duty will be paged. Please give your phone number slowly and clearly.
Please accept our sympathies at the death of your loved one. When someone has died, the first step is to contact a mortuary to prepare the body for the funeral rites. There are mortuaries advertised on the back of our weekly bulletin. Please specify Saint Hedwig as the church to hold the funeral Mass and to perform the Graveside Service. If Military Honors at the burial are desired, make this known to the mortuary so that they can arrange it.
Typically, the priest who is scheduled to be on duty the day of the funeral will perform the services and contact you for information about the deceased, informing the family of its options for participating at the funeral Mass and giving the family an overview of the entire proceedings.
Please contact the parish office by phone 562-296-9000 or by email to be referred to one of our priests or deacons.
To expedite the process you can download the attached form and email this to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If a Vigil Service is desired, it may take the form of a Scripture service, recitation of the Rosary or both. The Vigil Service usually takes place with the body of the deceased present at the mortuary on the evening preceding the Funeral Mass. This service is typically conducted by a Bereavement Minister of the parish.
Saint Hedwig will be hosting vigil services, rosaries, or viewings. Funeral Masses are now held inside the church.
Eulogies and Words of Remembrance
The preferred places for Eulogies by family members and friends is at the Vigil Service or Graveside Service, not at the Funeral Mass. These words of remembrance are most effective when they do not try to be a complete history of the individual and from three to five minutes in length each.
The Church prefers that cremation take place after the Funeral Mass. If this is not possible, the Church allows for the Funeral Mass to be celebrated with the cremated remains of the body present. Cremated remains are to be treated with the same respect given to the human body. This includes the use of a worthy vessel/urn which is to be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum. Scattering the cremated remains, keeping them at home or dividing them up among family members is not allowed.
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