From the moment of Baptism, when we are "buried" with Christ in the waters of salvation and clothed in the white garment of holiness of life, we are also preparing for the end of our earthly life and clothing in eternal life. The Church provides consoling rituals and prayers with which our beloved dead are commended to God and faith is received by those who mourn their loss.
Traditionally, the celebration of funerals entails two parts: a Vigil for the Deceased, at which the rosary may be prayed, and the Mass of Christian Burial (or in cases when Mass should not be celebrated, a Liturgy of Christian Burial). The Rosary Vigil usually takes place the night before the Funeral Mass.
After the death of a family member, parishioners are asked to contact the Pastor at the parish office to begin planning funeral liturgies. Visiting with the family, Father will be able to offer recommendations for Mass readings and prayers. St. Joseph's parish is also blessed with talented parishioners who are able to assist with music and song, and the parish Altar Society hosts funeral dinners in the Parish Hall upon request.