Friday, April 27, 2018

Funerals: Plan Ahead

Deacon Robert Vlcej†
Dear Parishioners,

Last weekend we had a funeral for Deacon Robert Vlcej, who ministered here for about a decade. And it was done the way Catholic funerals are supposed to be done—in stages. First was the wake service (a prayer service) on Friday night. The second stage was the Mass on Saturday morning. The third stage will take place when his cremains will be put in a columbarium or small vault at Crownsville Veteran’s cemetery. These three stages provide an opportunity for the deceased to receive prayers for the forgiveness of sins as well as provide consolation for the family and friends who remain behind.

Deacon Robert was responsible for planning everything [for his funeral]. He left detailed instructions for the scripture readings, the music, and the names of those to participate in the readings, presentation of the gifts and the prayer of the faithful. He left nothing to chance. His planning is an example for all of us, because it made things easier for his family and gave his soul all the spiritual benefits the church could offer.

Like Deacon Robert, I made my funeral arrangements a number of years ago as I want all the help I can get before I meet the Lord. I encourage you all to do the same.

God Bless,
Fr. Carl