How to Plan a Funeral
Funeral and Visitation Information
No matter how or when death comes … whether expected after a long illness or as a thief in the night, death is always a shock. It is unsettling. It is never as we imagined it. The rituals surrounding death as outlined in the Order of Christian Funerals, help us to journey through the time immediately following a death. Through gestures, scripture, prayers, and songs we help our loved one who has died to journey on to the next stage of life. The rites also seek to console the bereaved with assurances of hope in the promise of God that "life has changed, not ended." As you journey through these days of preparing for your loved one’s Funeral and Burial, please be assured of the prayers and sympathy of the parish community.
SCHEDULING A SERVICE AT CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
As soon as death has occurred, please call or email Sister Marianne at the parish office at 847-882-7580 and alert us that you will need to schedule funeral services. If the office is closed, please call (630) 336-0811. Then please contact the Funeral Director. The Funeral Director will help to coordinate the scheduling of services at the Church, Funeral Home, and the Cemetery. We will then invite you to meet with one of our Bereavement Ministers who will assist you in planning the Funeral Liturgy.
VIGIL FOR THE DECEASED (Wake)
On the evening of the wake, the parish gathers with you for the first part of the funeral liturgy, the vigil prayer. We try to accommodate the time that is most helpful to you. Some people prefer to gather for prayer as the wake begins. Others prefer a prayer service later in the evening. The service is a simple sequence of opening prayers, Scripture readings, brief homily, eulogies for the deceased, and final prayers and blessings.
MASS OF THE RESURRECTION (Funeral Mass)
Most of the time, the funeral rites will include a Catholic Mass, in which we affirm the presence and gift of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, a sign of our unity of faith, and a promise of the heavenly banquet we hope to enjoy with Him forever. The body may or may not be present for the Mass. If present, the ceremony begins at the entrance to the church with ceremonies that recall our Baptism because the deceased is entering a “new life” of faith just as he or she did at Baptism. The casket is blessed with Holy Water and then covered with a large white baptismal cloth. After processing down the aisle, the pall bearers and family take their place in the pews and the Funeral Mass continues.
RITE OF COMMITTAL (Cemetery Service
The third and final part of the funeral liturgy occurs at the cemetery. A Bereavement Minister from the parish leads a brief prayer to help those who are mourning leave their loved one in the hands of God.
A WORD ABOUT CREMATION
Since 1963, the Catholic Church has allowed cremation. The Church teaches that the cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the corporeal remains of a human body. Permission has been granted by the Catholic Church for the celebration of a Funeral Mass with the cremated remains of the body present in church. The Church prefers that the cremated remains of the deceased be buried rather than scattered or kept in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased. The Catholic Cemeteries have grave space or niches for cremated remains of the body. This allows for family visitation, prayer and remembrance in a sacred and dignified place. The Funeral Director can assist you in making the arrangements.
For fees, please contact Sister Marianne at (847) 882-7580 or Marianne.S@churchoftheholyspirit.org
Kindly remember in your prayers our dear parishioner, Irene Ziemba,
who passed away on May 21, 2018.
Visitation: Friday, May 25th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Ahlgrim’s on
Funeral Mass: Friday, May 25th at 11:00 a.m. at CHS.
May Irene rest in peace, may the angels lead her into paradise and may faith in the Resurrection
comfort her family.
Please pray for our beloved deceased.
Juanita Acosta + Juanita Acosta Gonzalez + Patty Aguirre Rocco Aliotto + Joan Angelo + Tim Arbeen
Jose Manuel Astudillo + John Herold Bacigalupo
Shirley Balaskas + Teresa Balderas + Lorraine Bartnick
Yvonne Bartz + Ines Bastidas + Bernard Bednowicz
Macaria Bedolla + Franco Bellarosa + Chia Belmontes
Jerry Bersano + Edwin Betancourt + Carlos H. Blanco, Sr.
Scott Bock + Ian Bonner + John Jack Borys + Nancy Bowman
John Brandstatter + Ed Burchardt + Antonia Burlnes
Fred Burns + Aucensio Carreon + Carmen Carrero De Lara
Tom Carroll + Felipa Castellanos Martinez + Martin Castillo
Mary Sandra Chiatto + Rev. Larry Choate
Donna Chovanec-Dose + Raymond Collins
Diane Connor + Rev. Robert Corbett Ron Cregier
Edison Cruz + Helen Cwerenz + Jimmy Dattolo
Mariel DeFazio + Ricardo Dominguez
Sherri Donaldson + Daniel Ehlebracht + Pat Enger
Marilyn Ferguson + Sorius Fernando + Marie Feuerstadt
Mary Flemming + Alice Flynn + Emmanuel Frani
Sister Mary Ellen Freeman + Carol Frost
Vernon Frost + Emma Gabriel + Pablito Gahol
Jesus Salavdor Gallegos + Angela Gambino + Berta Garcia
Judy Glow + Ron Goebel + Susie Goforth + Chris Gonzales
Greg Gorlewski + Joseph Gorlewski
Roy Gownsend + Mary Gramarossa + Ann Grandeau
Jordan Hankins + Jonathan Hawkins + Carrie Hdladilek
Karl Heinz Korell + Beverly Hemminghous + Lynn Marie Hendricks + Marian Faye Hendricks
Manuel Hernandez + Florence Huntenburg
Louise Hutchinson + Sam Huzar + Virginia Ivers
Mark Jenkins + Antonio Jimenez + Dorothy Joslyn
Robert Kellner + Dai Khanloo + Barbara Kolar
Ray Kraemer + Annette Kucharski + Robert Lantz
Martha Lauhban + Rosendo Leon + Walter Lococo
Thomas Longo + Elpidio Lopez + Christopher Lucente
Barbara Malczewski + Helen Mailhot + Filomena Manzella
Cheryl Margiewicz + Jim McEnroe + Marcella Mello
Virginia Mika + Patricia Miranda + Theodore Mitchell
Anibal Morales + Debbie Muren + Albert Napolitano
Tillie Noon + Bernice Northem + Zulema Orlando Villanueva + Rosario Oliveri + Angel Ortiz + James Pappas
Joseph Pawlak + Cathy Peterson + Val Pikus
Mildred Prohaska + Matthew Ramirez + Miguel Rizalino
Alicia Rodriguez Camargo + Thelma Rogalla + Kevin Ryan
Cesar Salazar + Rafael Salgado + Fran Shimon
Mike Schoop + Henry Eugene Seibert + William Shephard
Nancy Siemieniec + Brianna Marie Soto + Tom Spurr
Estee Stagen + Dale Stevens + Olga Stoodley
Harold Szydlowski + Arturo Tamez + Louis Torres
Jesus Torres Martinez + Manuel Tuesca + Karla VanCott
Charles Weniger + Martha Willes + Bradine Yisrael
Eric Younkin + Alejandro Zuniga + Bernadine Zurawski