Preparing for Eternal Life
We would be honored to help you during this time of grief and sorrow. It is a privilege to help our parishioners plan this beautiful day which includes a church visitation one hour prior to the Mass, the funeral Mass and a luncheon.
“In the face of death, the Church confidently proclaims that God has created each person for eternal life and that Jesus, the Son of God, by his death and resurrection, has broken the chains of sin and death that bound humanity”. – Order of Christian Funerals
Step 1: Contact parish office by calling 651-489-8825. After hours, follow the prompts for a pastoral emergency given in the voice mail greeting.
Step 2: Arrange date and time for visitation and funeral in coordination with our Pastor and parish staff and Mueller-Bies at 651-487-2250 or the funeral home of your choice.
Step 3: Meet with a member of our Pastoral Staff to plan the funeral liturgy.
*We provide Sirba Hall as an option, when available, for families to gather following the funeral Mass. Luncheon catering is to be organized by family, more information and resources will be provided at your planning meeting.
*If you would like to pre-plan a funeral in advance or have questions of any kind, please call the Parish Office, 651-489-8825.
Leaving a legacy...
For Christians, a legacy goes far beyond merely “leaving something behind,” as for example an inheritance, a title, etc. For the Christian, it means primarily “bringing something with you” before the Lord: “Let them rest from their labors, for their good deeds follow them” (Revelation 14:13). So, a Christian legacy is at least as much about looking forward – both in this world and in the next – as it is about looking back: “Lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven” (Matthew 6:20).
It’s also much more than making a name for oneself, or leaving one in this world. It’s about exalting the name of Jesus Christ: “By this they will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). Love is proven in deeds of love (see I John 3:18), and one of the greatest acts of love for others is to bring them to Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life, through the good that is done in and through his Church, as members of it.
Consider what your legacy will be, or better yet, consider what you will make your legacy to be. Including the work of your faith community in your weekly, monthly, or yearly budget, and making it a part of your estate planning will allow us to continue the Lord’s work in your name now and for years to come. That’s a legacy worth leaving behind – and bringing to God.