Evening light shines on a crucifix in the vestibule of St. Paul's Basilica in Toronto in this 2008 file photo. The penitential season of Lent begins Ash Wednesday and continues through Holy Thursday. Easter, the commemoration of Christ's resurrection, is April 12 in the Latin rite this year. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec) (Jan. 28, 2009)

“He will wipe away all tears from their eyes; there will be no more death and no more mourning or sadness or pain.”

Rev. 21:4

Catholic belief in death as the entrance to eternity, hope in the resurrection, recognition in the value of prayer for the deceased, reverence for the body which remains and the sense of mystery and sacredness which surround the end of earthly life  are all reflected in the church’s care for the deceased and the family and community that survives them. Private liturgical prayer, meditation, reflection and liturgical rites connected with the funeral and committal unite us to the Lord’s Paschal Mystery and expresses our hope of eternal union with almighty God. (Source: Guidelines for Christian Burials, RCAV)

Resources and guides to help cope with death, dying and funerals can be found at the RCAV. org website

Burials & Funerals

Access the Archdiocese of Vancouver’s guidelines for burial and funerals.

Cemeteries

Read about the significance of the Catholic cemetery and find Catholic cemeteries.

Death & Grieving

Read about the Catholic perspective on death and grieving.

End of Life

Learn about Catholic teaching regarding end of life issues such as advanced directives, living wills, and euthanasia.

Final Sacraments

Learn about the last sacraments: Anointing of the Sick, Reconciliation, and Eucharist.

Leaving a Legacy

Learn about planned giving and leave a legacy.

 

Funeral Hymns

Click here for a list of Funeral Hymns.

For questions on funeral planning or to schedule an appointment with our Parish Priest, please contact the parish office at 604-463-7148 during Parish Office Hours.