Losing a loved one is a defining moment in our lives. It is a time of mourning and pain, accompanied by memories and stories of the deceased person’s life. But it’s important to remember that there are some ways we can offer comfort to those who are grieving.
The Funeral Ministry here at St. Timothy assists those in our community who have lost loved ones, particularly with making preparations for Mass for the deceased. Cathy Summers and Nancy Favilla lead this important ministry’s work.
“The death of a loved one can be very difficult,” Nancy says. “We want to show grieving families they are not alone in their sorrow. We are all part of the St. Timothy parish family.”
Cathy got involved about 18 years ago. She believes serving in this way has been one of the most rewarding parts of her faith journey.
“Seeing people during the intake process full of grief, sadness, and heartache, and then seeing them after the Requiem Mass with comfort and peace on their faces says it all,” she says. “This is when I can understand what it means when they say, ‘seeing the face of Christ in others.’ It has taught me to absolutely believe in the graces of the Mass of Resurrection and my faith as a whole.”
The ministry fulfills the needs of a funeral Mass for registered parishioners, non-parishioners, and even non-Catholics. This is of great importance when someone has died.
“A funeral is an essential part of the healing process, helping mourners to understand and cope with grief,” Nancy says. “The ministry also emphasizes the meaning of community as a celebration, not a private function.”
The Funeral Ministry offers two locations for funerals — the main sanctuary and the Holy Family Chapel. The narthex serves as a visitation area to meet and greet before the funeral Mass, and the Wake Room is used for wakes the evening beforehand.
The funeral Mass is always held at 11 a.m. and various other ministries are also involved in the process, including altar servers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, lectors, ushers, the Reception Team, and livestream tech. There are ongoing opportunities for parishioners to get involved in helping out with the Funeral Ministry.
For more information or to get involved, contact Nancy Favilla at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cathy Summers at LCSUMMERS01@gmail.com, or by contacting the parish office at 813-968-1077.