Many of us make great efforts to avoid topics like grave illness and near death but when it concerns a loved one, this is the time to talk to your parish priest. Through the sacrament – Anointing of the Sick – Catholics in the Archdiocese of Omaha are blessed with special oils while your priest prays for God’s grace to face death. Whether it’s a frail, aging parent or a child facing serious illness, the blessing prepares your loved one to meet Him in hope, united in Jesus’ passion while offering peace and forgiveness. Your parish priest is waiting to help guide you and your loved one through the process.
“Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.”
Renewing the Rite of Christian Funerals
The Archdiocese of Omaha has embarked on an effort to help people understand church teaching about death and dying. In Catholic teaching, funeral rites help people mourn, but they primarily are to pray for the deceased’s soul. Archbishop Lucas hopes the initiative “will provide a good opportunity for all of us in the church to receive again the richness of teaching and ritual that should surround the death of every Christian. With great respect for life in this world, we keep our hearts set on the things that will last in eternity.”
We want to give people the proper time and space to fully grieve, mourn and most importantly pray for their loved ones after death, emphasizing the new life promised in Christ. We also want to help people remember that loved ones who have died continue their journey to God, remembering that before entering heaven the loved one’s soul is purified to be ready to meet God, our Father.