Funerals - continued..... to a Catholic, provided that the non-Catholic was not
publicly adverse to the Catholic Church in their lifetime. If
A few weeks ago I submitted an article (that was to be the person is not baptized, the funeral can still take place in
continued) on Funerals and the many issues they raise for the Church since the Funeral Mass itself is for the Catholic
Catholics discerning what is the right and proper way of faithful and all those who gather to celebrate our hope of
planning for funerals. I have even had some parishioners Resurrection. Of course, the reception of communion is
tell me that they are going to make some changes to their always only for those who are baptized Catholics who have
funeral plans because of information they didn't previously already celebrated and received their First Communion in
know when they made their wills. I would like to continue the Catholic Church. In the case where most of the people
on this theme and address a few more concerns and supply attending the funeral would not be Catholic, perhaps it
you with information that may be helpful to your planning would be more suitable to have a funeral liturgy without
on this subject. In the last article, I wrote about several Mass, but this is highly dependent on the individual
issues: cremation, disposition of cremated remains, and situation. It is customary at St. John Vianney Parish to
Memorial Masses. Here I would like to look at Catholic announce prior to Communion that those who are not
Cemeteries vs. public cemeteries. Catholic are invited to come forward at Communion time to
Q: Why be buried in a Catholic Cemetery? receive a blessing instead of the Eucharist.
A: These days, more and more public cemeteries (which is a Q: In Barrie, is one funeral home more 'Catholic' than
big business) are trying to attract people from every religious the others?
affiliation to have their loved ones buried in their cemeteries. A: No. Sometimes, in some small communities, one
Even though they are not "Catholic" cemeteries, they strive particular funeral home will have a reputation as "the one all
to appeal to Catholic sensibilities and offer burial places near the Catholics go to", perhaps because the owner is a
statues of Christ, the saints, etc., which would make the member of the Catholic Church and the local Catholic
cemetery shopper think that this is the same thing as a parish. However, in Barrie all of the funeral homes offer
Catholic cemetery. It's not. services and can assist families with plans for a Catholic
Catholic cemeteries are places of worship, and in the major funeral. Our funeral homes are accustomed to the practices,
Catholic cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Toronto, (St. preferences and planning of a funeral in a Catholic church
Mary's in Barrie being one of them), there are annual Masses and usually are the principal contact for the parish in the
for the Faithful Departed celebrated with large gatherings of planning of a Catholic Funeral Mass. In Barrie, most
Catholic faithful who remember a loved one buried in that Catholic families tend to choose one funeral home or
place. Of course, anyone can pray in any place in the world another because of family history with a particular funeral
- for God is outside of time and space - and a Catholic home. Priests usually refrain from recommending one
cemetery is not exclusive to prayer. Yet it must be said that funeral home over another. (Fr. Charles)
our Catholic faith is visible in Catholic cemeteries as the
dead are buried with a multitude of Catholic faithful who 50th Anniversary Celebration
have died and been commended to God at some previous As our parish turns fifty this year we are planning to hold a
time. Catholic cemeteries are consecrated ground, that is, special Mass to mark this milestone in our community's life.
the entire cemetery land is made holy by the Church as a The Mass will likely be held in June, the month our parish
fitting place for its deceased members' bodies to rest until was founded in 1957, and we are currently underway with
the Day of Resurrection. Priests do bless burial plots in potential plans to this end. There are a few other ideas
non-Catholic cemeteries, but Catholic cemeteries are more being considered for this year that will serve as long-term
than just lands designated for burial; they are holy ground ways of marking this golden jubilee that will bear witness to
made so for the dignified presence of the baptized. The the years that are to come, not to mention our plans to
body is reverenced at death because it was the place where tackle the roof replacements on the church, hall, rectory and
the Holy Spirit dwelt from the time of the individuals office of the parish, as unglamorous as these projects may
baptism. That is why we reverence the body (in a casket) at be. Stay tuned. (Fr. C.)
a Catholic Funeral, and incense it - because it was the temple
of the Holy Spirit while the person was living. Our Parish Does Well!
Q: Can a non-Catholic be buried in a Catholic
Cemetery? ShareLife Contributions
A: Yes. Often a Catholic is married to a non-Catholic and Recently I received a mailing from the Archdiocese's
the couple, in their plans for their eventual deaths, of course ShareLife Office and inside the letter was an attached graph
desire to be buried together. If the spouse of a Catholic, which showed the financial contributions progress our
who may not be of the Catholic Faith, desires to be buried parish has made in giving to ShareLife since 2001. The
in a Catholic cemetery, it is possible and the Church allows chart shows the following for our annual contributions:
not only burial in a Catholic cemetery but also a funeral 2001 $62,059.
Mass in the Catholic Church, since the deceased was married 2002 $65,365.
2003 $61,884. are inviting young men and women in grades 9 – 12 to
2004 $82,214. meet separately for 6 weeks from 7 – 9 pm. In those
2005 $85,501. meetings we’ll be developing new friendships, have some
2006 $96,501. good food, and share about what God had in mind when
While their statistics show that the moneys collected for He decided to create us as men and women. We will be
ShareLife in 2006 represent the giving of only 7.06 % of our meeting in various locations so call ahead to find out
parish's population, it also shows that the total for the last where we will meet next. If you are interested or have any
year was given by 276 parishioners in all. Some of our questions call Jesse or Tara at the NET office.
parishioners have given sizable amounts to the annual
campaign and have given so generously to ShareLife in years WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS
past. FOR SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE please call
This year our parish has set a goal for itself which we can Karen, parish secretary at 726-8007 Ext. 101
easily achieve, and that is to break the $100,000. mark for
the first time. I would challenge all of our parish families, 2007 Missals are still available at the
especially those who have not made a ShareLife contribution Welcome Table in the hall after Mass at
before, to consider giving what you can this year to support a cost of $3.00.
the many charities of the Archdiocese.
The theme for the 2007 ShareLife Campaign is "Recognize.
Rite of Sending / Rite of Election
At the 9:30 Mass this weekend, we
Reflect. Respond." Let us recognize the needs in our own
celebrated the Rite of Sending with our
community that ShareLife reaches out to assist in our name.
catechumens in preparation for Rite of
Let us reflect on our own and many blessings and take
Election, which will be celebrated on
stock of how good God has and continues to be to us. Let
Sunday Feb. 25th @ 3:00 pm. Our
us respond by giving what we know we can in the midst of
catechumens, who seek baptism, have been called
so many other demands on our time, talent and treasure, to
to live in Christ’s light and to continue to grow in His
this most worthy charity drive that truly makes a difference
in the lives of so many.
Tracy Erb Azire Pacheco Terri Kalischnig
Peace, Fr. Charles
Ian Rampadarat Allyson Krudzo Kim Ledat
A NEW PROCESSIONAL CROSS Sean Rampadarat Daniele Tollady
Our processional cross, which matches the candle stands at With the support and testimony of their sponsors and
the altar, is in need of replacement, as the cross itself (which discernment of their readiness, Bishop Peter Hundt will
is made out of white metal) is cracked and has been for declare them elect, chosen by God for the
many years now. I have ordered a new, more gothic style sacraments of initiation this Easter. Please pray for
processional cross, another item that could mark our 50th our chatechumens as they journey towards the
anniversary, and would ask that if any of our parishioners Easter sacraments.
would be willing and interested in purchasing the cross as a LAST CHANCE TO JOIN IN ON THE
donation to the parish, I would be happy to discuss this with FUN AS THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
them. Please call me, Fr. Charles, at 726-8007 ext. 101. HOST THEIR ANNUAL SLEIGH RIDE
TODAY (Sunday Feb. 18th) FROM 2 pm
NET NEWS to 4 pm at Leone Morris’ Farm Hwy 90 (Dunlop St. W.)
The cost for this snow filled event is $10 per family or
We would like to give a big THANK YOU to the $4 per person.
staff and students at St. Francis of Assisi, Holy
Cross, St. Michael the Archangel, Pope John Paul ST. MARY’S PARISH EXTENDS AN INVITATION TO
II and St. John Vianney. We went into the schools to do a ALL PARISHIONERS to participate in their ALPHA
presentation for the grade 7 & 8 students to tell them about the program running from February 26th through to April
EDGE program beginning on Feb. 16th and the response from 30th at St. Mary’s Parish. The ALPHA program will
everyone was very welcoming & many students showed a great commence on Mon. Feb. 26th at 5:30 pm in the
amount of enthusiasm for EDGE. parish with a pot-luck dinner. Coffee & desserts will
We would also like to extend our thanks to St. Peter’s be provided. Each following Monday ALPHA will
& St. Joan of Arc students and staff for the opportunity to go in commence at 6:30 pm with fellowship, 7:00 pm
and talk with the students about Life Teen and share a laugh or video. The retreat date is Sat. April 14th from 8:45 to
two during lunch. We will be making plans to see you all again. 4:00 pm. Please call St. Mary’s parish (728-2985) to
GLASS ALABASTER & REAL MEN – You have gotta register.
admit there are some serious differences between guys and
girls. In some pretty obvious ways, and in some not so PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: ROSALEEN THYNE
obvious ways! Every Wednesday (starting Feb. 14th) we AND FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED RECENTLY:
JOHN CONBOY , AILEEN MILLER