The community of Immaculate Conception Parish wishes to accompany families in their moments of grief. We celebrate the life of the deceased as a community and entrust their souls to God's loving mercy.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that the "Christian funeral is a liturgical celebration of the Church. The ministry of the Church in this instance aims at expressing efficacious communion with the deceased, at the participation in that communion of the community gathered for the funeral, and at the proclamation of eternal life to the community ... A farewell to the deceased is his final 'commendation to God' by the Church. It is 'the last farewell by which the Christian community greets one of its members before his body is brought to its tomb.' The Byzantine tradition expresses this by the kiss of farewell to the deceased:
By this final greeting 'we sing for his departure from this life and separation from us, but also because there is a communion and a reunion. For even dead, we are not at all separated from one another, because we all run the same course and we will find one another again in the same place. We shall never be separated, for we live for Christ, and now we are united with Christ as we go toward him . . . we shall all be together in Christ.'"
The parish also offers Bereavement Ministry for persons who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Contact the parish office for more information.
If you have questions or would like to prepare for a funeral wake/rosary and/or funeral Mass for a deceased loved one please contact Deacon Don through the parish office at (505) 247-4271 or send an email to email@example.com.