Does this mean that ol’ Nathan may not already be in Heaven after all?


Arguing that a Catholic funeral is no place to offer “high praise” to the deceased, the Archdiocese of Ottawa has decreed an end to the longstanding practice of allowing eulogies at Ottawa-area Catholic funerals.

“Contrary to popular belief,” reads a February church decree, “eulogies or words of remembrance are not an official part of Catholic funeral rites.

“In the Christian funeral, we gather not to praise the deceased, but to pray for them.”

Eulogies are indeed a non-Catholic invention, and while many dioceses stay faithful to the no-eulogy rule, Ottawa’s Catholics have apparently lapsed in recent years.

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The funeral Mass: This essential and complete “end of life” pastoral care is probably the most practical aspect of the Catholic faith.


But it’s quickly becoming a thing of the past, in many areas.

WORCESTER — Bishop Robert J. McManus is expressing concern that Central Massachusetts Roman Catholics are not scheduling funeral Masses for their dead.

This month, he sent a pastoral letter to Catholics in the Diocese of Worcester, urging them to include a Mass in funeral preparations for their beloved dead.

The sending of the letter coincides with the church’s traditional commemoration, in November, of the deceased.

The bishop’s missive has been read from church pulpits or included in parish bulletins.

“I’m extremely concerned because of the growing practice of Catholic families in not providing their deceased with a Mass of Christian burial,” said Bishop McManus in an interview with the Telegram & Gazette.

Bishop McManus said the official funeral rites of the church include three parts: the wake, the Mass and the commitment service at graveside.

He said that during the Mass,that the family has a chance to pray for the dead, asking God to forgive the decedents’ sins and to welcome them into heaven.

“There’s a presumption today that everybody gets to heaven,” Bishop McManus said. “I don’t think that people should think that’s a given.”


What actually happens at a Catholic funeral Mass

Editor’s note: This is just another sign of the sad lack of proper catechesis in today’s Catholic Church. Kudos to Bishop McManus for doing his job!

By their fruits you will know them: In 92 years of life, “Stan the Man” Musial never let anyone down.


Broadcaster Bob Costas, his voice cracking with emotion at times, pointed out during a two-hour Mass that in 92 years of life, Stan the Man never let anyone down.

Costas noted that even though Musial, who died Jan. 19, was a three-time NL MVP and seven-time batting champion, the pride of Donora, Pa., lacked a singular achievement. Joe DiMaggio had a 56-game hitting streak, Ted Williams was the last major leaguer to hit .400, and Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle soared to stardom in the New York spotlight. Musial didn’t quite reach the 500-homer club – he finished with 475 – and played in his final World Series in 1946, ”wouldn’t you know it, the year before they started televising the Fall Classic!”

”What was the hook with Stan Musial other than the distinctive stance and the role of one of baseball’s best hitters?” Costas said. ”It seems that all Stan had going for him was more than two decades of sustained excellence as a ballplayer and more than nine decades as a thoroughly decent human being.

”Where is the single person to truthfully say a bad word about him?”


Thousands gather for Arizona girl’s funeral

TUCSON, Ariz. – The casket for Christina Taylor Green seemed too small to hold the grief and despair of the 2,000 mourners who packed into St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on Thursday to say goodbye to the 9-year-old girl whose life began and ended with two of the nation’s most soul-searching moments.

Reminders of the innocence of the bubbly girl born on Sept. 11, 2001 were everywhere: A group of little girls dressed in frilly dresses and white tights craned to see as their friend’s casket rolled into the church and Christina’s best friend sneaked them a wave from her place in the processional line.


Over 1000 Attend Funeral Rites for 17 Aborted Infants Thrown In Trash

Glorious—Moving—an Inspiration are words that  only begin to describe the funeral rites held Saturday, November 20th  for 17 victims of abortion—whose remains were pulled from the Womans Choice abortion clinic trash dumpster earlier this year.

More than 1000 mourners packed St. Mary’s Cathedral in Lansing, MI as Bishop of Lansing, Earl Boyea presided at the funeral Mass with several other priests con-celebrating with him.  An honor guard of 50 Knights of Columbus and seventeen children carrying roses were part of the opening procession.

The remains of the infants were placed inside a single, pure white coffin, reflecting both the innocence and the human dignity of the aborted babies.

Immediately after Mass a funeral procession—two miles long, with a police escort, made its way through the streets of Lansing, past the State Capitol to nearby St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Several hundred people gathered at the gravesite as Bishop Boyea conducted the burial rite.

This ceremony afforded the opportunity for anyone who suffered the loss of a child to place a red rose on the aborted babies’ coffin.  Children assembled in a circle around a basket and helped release a white homing dove—which flew away as a sign of peace and hope.

When the white infant coffin was lowered into the ground, children gathered all around and then, taking turns, they even helped shovel dirt into the grave.

At last, these 17 victims of abortion were laid to rest.

Photos by Rich Mucha

(See for additional information, photos, videos, and a detailed history of this case.)

Funeral Mass for Tony Snow

Funeral Mass for Tony Snow

July 17, 2008

“No one of us among his family or friends believes that Tony’s life was long enough. And, yet – in the face of its brevity – we respond in faith, we who are believers, that the measure of a man is not found, as the Book of Wisdom comforts us today, “in terms of years (Wisdom 4:8).” It is, indeed, our faith that reminds us: “the just man, though he die early, shall be at rest. For the age that is honorable comes not with the passing of time. He who pleased God, Wisdom writes, was loved (and) … having become perfect in a short while, he reached the fullness of a long career; for his soul was pleasing to the Lord (Wisdom 4: 7-14).” For the believer, for people of faith, the true measure of a man lies in his efforts to please God.”


Details from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception