If you are visiting this page because you have recently been bereaved, we want to offer you our condolences at this sad time.

Arranging a funeral
If you need to arrange a funeral for a loved one, you first need to approach a Funeral Director.
The priest will help you select appropriate readings and religious music for the Mass. Family members are encouraged to be involved in the various parts of the liturgy, whether that is reading, bringing up gifts or being involved with the music.
Funerals usually take place at the 10.00a.m. daily Mass in Holy Family church or 11.00a.m. in St. Mary’s, Stewartstown and in Ss. Mary & Joseph’s. Later times can be accommodated.

Children at funeral services
Some adults are anxious about whether it is appropriate for children to be present at funeral services. Children need opportunities to grieve just as much as adults. Some children want to be present at funeral services, whilst others don’t. Our advice is to listen to the child and, as far as possible, follow their wishes.

After the funeral
Supporting those who have been bereaved through a time when there are so many adjustments to be made is an important part of the Church’s ministry. The parish team will visit with the family in the period after the funeral. A month’s mind Mass and 1st anniversary Mass are an important aspect of our tradition. In November each year a Remembering Service will be held for those who have died that year and all families who have been bereaved are invited to participate in that service.


And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.”And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out [a] and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.

Mark 9: 17 -27

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