The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions.
- The Catechism of the Catholic Church
When a loved one is passing away, we want to surround them with the Church’s prayers. We pray for them as they are dying. We ask the parish priest or the hospital chaplain to come and say prayers. We bring them communion. The communion given as someone is dying has a special name: viaticum, which is food for their final journey if they are able to receive communion. We surround them with prayer.
After a loved one has passed away, we once again contact the priest to help plan the funeral. Please call one of our priests to meet and make these arrangements: 403-278-7556.