Cardinal Seán will offer a special Memorial Mass for recently deceased priests on Friday, May 1st on CatholicTV & Additional funeral guidance

April 29, 2020

 

 

Cardinal Seán will offer a special Memorial Mass for recently deceased priests on Friday, May 1st

 

Cardinal Seán will offer a special Memorial Mass this Friday, May 1st at 11AM for the repose of the souls of Bishop Allué and the five priests who died recently: Fr. Russell Best, Fr. Henry Cunney, Fr. Arthur Driscoll, Fr. George Flynn, and Msgr. Francis McGann.

In ordinary times we know that many of our priests would have been in attendance at their funerals. While we are not able to gather in the usual way, we are able to pray with Cardinal Seán in real time as Friday’s Mass will be broadcast live on Catholic TV.

April 29, 2020

 

 

Additional funeral guidance

 

During this pandemic, pastoral issues of ministering to families at the time of dying, death and bereavement have been most challenging. Priests and parish staffs have struggled with the needs to observe the strict guidelines for their own personal well being, communal health issues and the public good and the pastoral needs of families during such a crisis.

 

The following proposal has been approved by Cardinal Seán: 

 

If the pastor, the funeral director and the family agree, on the way to the cemetery from the funeral home the hearse would stop in front of the church and the priest/deacon, vested in alb and stole, would stand on the steps of the church and recite the Prayers of Commendation and bless the casket, which would remain in the hearse, with holy water. The family would remain in their cars. No more than ten people would be allowed in the procession.

 

After the prayers and blessing, the priest/deacon would proceed to the cemetery in his own vehicle for the burial prayers. Again, no more than ten people would be allowed at the burial. 

 

The prayers and blessing in front of the church may well be a source of comfort for the family knowing that their loved one was able to have one last moment to receive some of the funeral rituals of the church at their place of worship.