a redesign for papal Masses in St. Peter's Square!
"A funeral Mass celebrating the life of John Doe will be held...."Just another illustration of the fact that most priests from 197os/1980s seminaries--and most parishioners formed by them--are clueless about sacramental Catholicism.
A Mass celebrating someone’s life seems Okay, and a funeral Mass seems proper: but I don’t think that they should be combined into the same event? Perhaps hold off on the celebration until a year after the funeral? Does that sound proper? I would have to ask a priest and hope that they know the answer.
Another commenter on this blog, I don't remember who, recently said something to the effect of: Pray for their soul during the Mass, celebrate their life at the repast. This seems like the most reasonable and appropriate way to introduce the life celebration component. Also, I don't care for someone telling others how to mourn (e.g. "tear free zone"). To me, hiding from death ultimately takes away from the meaningfulness and appreciation of life.
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