The Latin word sacramentum means "a sign of the sacred." The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant, and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence. That's what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God's grace.
Immaculate Conception Parish extends its deepest sympathies to you, your family, and friends in this time of loss and grief. We hope this brief overview of the Roman Catholic funeral rites helps you to bid farewell to one you loved in the sure and certain hope that one day, when every tear will be wiped away, you will meet again.
The Rites of Christian Burial
The death of those we love is a real test of our faith in Jesus as the Resurrection and the Life. In this difficult time, the people of the parish want to be among those who stand by you, offering you the consolation—and the challenge—of that faith. Please contact the Parish Office at 919-682-3449 to notify the Friars and staff of the death of your loved one and your desire for the Rites of Christian Burial. At a time and place of your convenience, one of the friars will meet with you to arrange the Rites of Christian Burial. A parish staff member can provide you with additional information on planning for these Rites, which include a Vigil Service (prayers and a reading from the Scriptures) at the funeral home, the Mass of Christian Burial in the church, and the Committal Service at the grave.
If the family wishes and if the Parish schedule permits, the people of Immaculate Conception Parish offer a light luncheon at the church after the committal service.