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Order of Christian Funerals

Ministry > Order of Christian Funerals

The Church desires and invites every baptized Catholic to receive the full Order of Christian Funerals.

These rites include: prayers at the time of death and thereafter, a vigil (wake) service allowing time for prayers and support, a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated for both the living and the dead, and committal (burial) in a cemetery as the final resting place of those who have “fallen asleep in Christ.” Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Omaha welcomes non-Catholic family members to be laid to rest with their Catholic family.

  • Vigil for the Deceased (Wake) – The Vigil for the Deceased is a prayer service with readings selected from Scripture to fit the circumstances of the deceased, a homily that comforts and gives hope, intercessions that speak to the faith of those gathered, and prayers in preparation for the Funeral Liturgy. The Vigil may also include recitation of the Most Holy Rosary.
  • Funeral Liturgy (Mass of Christian Burial or Funeral Service Outside of Mass) Celebrating the Funeral Liturgy at Mass in the parish church is the customary way most Catholics experience the Order of Christian Funerals. The Eucharistic celebration looks forward to your participation in the heavenly banquet, where we are united with Jesus, the saints, and all those who share eternal life.
  • Rite of Committal (Burial) at the Cemetery – The Rite of Committal is the final liturgy in the Order of Christian Funerals. Like the Vigil Service, the Rite of Committal makes use of Scripture, intercessions and prayers. To have a priest or deacon present at this final moment is a great source of consolation to those who will now have to continue their journey in life without their beloved.

Peace of mind starts here.

Talk to a Counselor
Whether you are in need now or want to plan for the future, a Catholic Cemeteries counselor can help guide you through burial and memorial options so that you are able to make the best decisions for you and your loved ones. Call us – we are here to walk with you.
402-391-3711
7710 West Center Road
Omaha, NE 68124
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Weekdays: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.