All the sacraments, and principally those of Christian initiation, have as their goal the last Passover of the child of God which, through death, leads him into the life of the Kingdom. Then what he confessed in faith and hope will be fulfilled: “I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.”182

182 Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 1680

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When a Christian dies, it is a significant event in the life of our parish. There are three moments in the journey from death to burial: the Vigil Services during the visitation period, the funeral mass or service, the committal service at the cemetery. If cremation is to take place, the most appropriate time for cremation is after the Funeral Liturgy at the church. All remains of Catholics must be buried in blessed graves, crypts or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium. The practice of scattering cremated remains at sea, on the ground or keeping remains in the home are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires. Please call the parish office immediately at 440-277-7266 upon a death of your loved one and before plans have been finalized.