Memorial Service Funeral Mass Graveside Service
|Death is a
pivotal event in our lives.
Loved ones who shared their journey in life with us depart to a place we believe is rest and peace, freed from suffering and infirmaties. Yet our hearts grieve that they are no longer with us....
The good times are remembered; the difficult times recede into the background; the challenging times are recalled sometimes with humor, sometimes with sorrow, sometimes with regret. Yet in death, all inperfections are forgiven. Nobody is perfect. We are all God's children.
Father Steve has experienced the death of parents, siblings, loved ones. He believes that no matter what kind of life a person lived - virtueous or troubled - we are all God's children, as Saint John wrote in his First Letter, and worthy of a "departing service" - a memorial service, mass or graveside service.
Father Steve will meet with you and the family in your home to talk about your loved one and to discuss the type of service you prefer to celebrate his/her life and commendation to the Lord. The Catholic order of service/mass is an option, as well as an interdominational service.
If the service will be in the Catholic tradition, Father Steve will do a ritual blessing of the ashes/body with Holy Water. At the conclusion of the service, all gathered would be invited to bless the loved one with the same Holy Water sprinkler - a personal ritual of thanksgiving to the loved one for sharing his/her life with us.
Contact Father Steve on his cell phone: 651-698-5569.
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what love the Father
First Letter of John (3:1-2)
Narrative: While he was at dinner in the house it happened that a number of tax collectors and sinners came to sit at the table with Jesus and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, Why does your master eat with tax collectors and sinners? When he heard this he replied, It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick. Go and learn the meaning of the words: What I want is mercy, not sacrifice. And indeed I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners. (Matthew 9:10-13)