WEFOUNDa catholic funeral homily prayer


Saturday   4:00pm St. Paul's
    5:00pm OLA
    8:00pm St. Paul's
Sunday   8:00am St. Paul's
    8:30am St. Alexius
  10:00am St. Paul's
  10:30am OLA

Thursday   4:00pm St. Paul's
Saturday   3:00pm St. Paul's
    4:00pm OLA
Sunday   8:00am St. Alexius
1st Friday   7:45am OLA
1st Saturday   8:00am OLA

Church: 207 7th Street So.
Office: 304 Sinclair Lewis Ave.
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
(320) 352-3502
[email protected]

At a time like this there are so many different emotions that we might be feeling – sorrow and sadness, confusion, loss, and even maybe some anger. These are the emotions of grief that we all experience, in our own ways, after the death of a loved one, whether for a husband, a father, brother, grandfather, uncle, friend, or co-worker.

“Do you believe this?” This is the question that Jesus continues to ask His disciples now, as they too face the grief of the death of a loved one. What do we believe? Do we truly believe that Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life? Do we take comfort in Him? Do we place our hope in Him and His promise of eternal life? Of course the belief, the faith that Jesus asks of us is not a mere intellectual assent to His teaching. Rather Jesus asks us for a living Faith – one of action.

While there are many things for which I am thankful to my father for, the one for which I am most grateful is the gift of handing on to me a living Faith in Christ Jesus. Dad was a doer, and not just in his being a hard worker for his family. Dad lived actively his Faith in Jesus Christ.

Saturday   4:00pm St. Paul's
    5:00pm OLA
    8:00pm St. Paul's
Sunday   8:00am St. Paul's
    8:30am St. Alexius
  10:00am St. Paul's
  10:30am OLA

Thursday   4:00pm St. Paul's
Saturday   3:00pm St. Paul's
    4:00pm OLA
Sunday   8:00am St. Alexius
1st Friday   7:45am OLA
1st Saturday   8:00am OLA

Church: 207 7th Street So.
Office: 304 Sinclair Lewis Ave.
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
(320) 352-3502
[email protected]

Saturday   4:00pm St. Paul's
    5:00pm OLA
    8:00pm St. Paul's
Sunday   8:00am St. Paul's
    8:30am St. Alexius
  10:00am St. Paul's
  10:30am OLA

Thursday   4:00pm St. Paul's
Saturday   3:00pm St. Paul's
    4:00pm OLA
Sunday   8:00am St. Alexius
1st Friday   7:45am OLA
1st Saturday   8:00am OLA

Church: 207 7th Street So.
Office: 304 Sinclair Lewis Ave.
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
(320) 352-3502
[email protected]

At a time like this there are so many different emotions that we might be feeling – sorrow and sadness, confusion, loss, and even maybe some anger. These are the emotions of grief that we all experience, in our own ways, after the death of a loved one, whether for a husband, a father, brother, grandfather, uncle, friend, or co-worker.

“Do you believe this?” This is the question that Jesus continues to ask His disciples now, as they too face the grief of the death of a loved one. What do we believe? Do we truly believe that Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life? Do we take comfort in Him? Do we place our hope in Him and His promise of eternal life? Of course the belief, the faith that Jesus asks of us is not a mere intellectual assent to His teaching. Rather Jesus asks us for a living Faith – one of action.

While there are many things for which I am thankful to my father for, the one for which I am most grateful is the gift of handing on to me a living Faith in Christ Jesus. Dad was a doer, and not just in his being a hard worker for his family. Dad lived actively his Faith in Jesus Christ.

— religious women and men, lay pastoral ministers, co-collaborators in ministry — so many of whom he first met and taught at St. John college — whose charisms and gifts, talents and abilities he recognized, celebrated, and encouraged as vital for the Church in the 20 th and 21 st Century;

— people of St. Malachi and of other parishes and faith communities to whom he ministered during his very active life – including his “retirement” (if he doesn’t hold the diocesan record for the most places he lived & served at during his career, he certainly comes close);

— friends of Bill W. & Dr. Bob, and members of their families, whose recovery he supported and for whom he so often helped experience the God’s loving compassion and tender mercy;

Saturday   4:00pm St. Paul's
    5:00pm OLA
    8:00pm St. Paul's
Sunday   8:00am St. Paul's
    8:30am St. Alexius
  10:00am St. Paul's
  10:30am OLA

Thursday   4:00pm St. Paul's
Saturday   3:00pm St. Paul's
    4:00pm OLA
Sunday   8:00am St. Alexius
1st Friday   7:45am OLA
1st Saturday   8:00am OLA

Church: 207 7th Street So.
Office: 304 Sinclair Lewis Ave.
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
(320) 352-3502
[email protected]

At a time like this there are so many different emotions that we might be feeling – sorrow and sadness, confusion, loss, and even maybe some anger. These are the emotions of grief that we all experience, in our own ways, after the death of a loved one, whether for a husband, a father, brother, grandfather, uncle, friend, or co-worker.

“Do you believe this?” This is the question that Jesus continues to ask His disciples now, as they too face the grief of the death of a loved one. What do we believe? Do we truly believe that Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life? Do we take comfort in Him? Do we place our hope in Him and His promise of eternal life? Of course the belief, the faith that Jesus asks of us is not a mere intellectual assent to His teaching. Rather Jesus asks us for a living Faith – one of action.

While there are many things for which I am thankful to my father for, the one for which I am most grateful is the gift of handing on to me a living Faith in Christ Jesus. Dad was a doer, and not just in his being a hard worker for his family. Dad lived actively his Faith in Jesus Christ.

— religious women and men, lay pastoral ministers, co-collaborators in ministry — so many of whom he first met and taught at St. John college — whose charisms and gifts, talents and abilities he recognized, celebrated, and encouraged as vital for the Church in the 20 th and 21 st Century;

— people of St. Malachi and of other parishes and faith communities to whom he ministered during his very active life – including his “retirement” (if he doesn’t hold the diocesan record for the most places he lived & served at during his career, he certainly comes close);

— friends of Bill W. & Dr. Bob, and members of their families, whose recovery he supported and for whom he so often helped experience the God’s loving compassion and tender mercy;

The Gospel of John provides so many possibilities for the Christian funeral. If the mourning community likes a story, why not select excerpts from the raising of Lazarus? Today’s passage highlights the conversation of the Lord with Martha of Bethany. Martha confronts Jesus, then accepts and receives his reassurance. Her conclusion? A statement of faith not unlike the one uttered by Peter ( Matthew 16:16 ).

[When Jesus arrived in Bethany,
  he found that Lazarus
  had already been in the tomb for four days.
Now Bethany was near Jerusalem,
  only about two miles away.
And many of the people had come to Martha and Mary
  to comfort them about their brother.
 
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming,
  she went to meet him;
  but Mary sat at home.]
 
Martha said to Jesus,
  “Lord, if you had been here,
  my brother would not have died.
But even now I know that whatever you ask of God,
  God will give you.”

Jesus said to her,
  “Your brother will rise.”
 
Martha said to him,
  “I know he will rise,
  in the resurrection on the last day.”
 
Jesus told her,
  “I am the resurrection and the life;
  whoever believes in me, even if they die, will live,
  and everyone who lives and believes in me
  will never die.
  Do you believe this?”
 
She said to him,
  “Yes, Lord.
I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God,
  the one who is coming into the world.”


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