Pastoral Care of the Sick & Dying

When a Family Member is Dying

Funeral Planning Guide

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Call the Parish Office at 651-698-5581 and we will connect you with Fr. Paul or you can be connected to the emergency line after hours.  You can also Email Fr. Paul.

Sacrament of the Dying

Formerly known as Last Rites, we now call the Sacrament of the Dying Viaticum, meaning “with you on the way.” Performed by a priest, it is the celebration of one’s final communion and offers nourishment for the journey into death and new life. Viaticum is best celebrated at the beginning of the dying process when family and friends can gather around the dying Christian in communion with them. While the dying process does not always lend itself to these guidelines, it is best to call the parish and make arrangements as early as possible so that family and friends can be gathered for the celebration.

Anointing of the Sick

If you are preparing for surgery or suffering with a serious illness, you are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to strengthen you and offer you community support. The anointing may take place in the chapel with family and friends present, during a community Mass, or individually. You may contact Fr. Paul at (651) 698-5581 x102, to arrange a time for Fr. Paul to facilitate this special sacrament.

Funeral Planning

“I am not dying: I am entering life.” St. Therese of Lisieux, The Last Conversations

For Christians, the Rite of Christian Burial brings hope and consolation to the living. While proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and witnessing to the Christian hope in the resurrection, the funeral rites remind us of God’s mercy and love.

Click here for Pre-Planning a Funeral Booklet

Click here for the Lumen Christi Funeral Planning Guide

Click here for the Lumen Christi Policy on Eulogies

Click here for Funeral Music Selections