Catholic Funeral Homilies
Catholic funeral homilies. Poem for dad funeral.
Catholic Funeral Homilies
- A Roman Catholic funeral is a funeral rite in use in the Roman Catholic Church. Within the Church, they may also be referred to as ecclesiastical funerals.
- A religious discourse that is intended primarily for spiritual edification rather than doctrinal instruction; a sermon
- A tedious moralizing discourse
- (homily) A sermon, especially concerning a practical matter; A moralizing lecture; A platitude
- (homily) a sermon on a moral or religious topic
- A homily is a commentary that follows a reading of scripture. In Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran. Retrieved 18 December 2009.
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In addition to homilies for the Christmas and Easter seasons, there are homiletic reflections on the Christian significance of birth marriage and deaths. The homilies, of three to four pages in length, make an engaging connection between Christian faith and contemporary existence in a secularized world.
As he has done in his previous volume Viladesau offers a invaluable resource for preachers, who will find in his work food for thought and inspiration for the construction of their own homilies. Lay persons will appreciate as well the author’s intellectually honest reflection on faith issues.
Warsaw: Grave of Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko
Born September 14, 1947(1947-09-14)
Okopy near Suchowola, Poland
Died October 19, 1984 (aged 37)
Venerated in Roman Catholicism
Beatified June 6, 2010, Warsaw by Angelo Amato
Feast October 19
FuneralJerzy Popiełuszko (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjɛʐɨ popʲɛˈwuʂkɔ]; September 14, 1947 – October 19, 1984) was a Roman Catholic priest from Poland, associated with the Solidarity union. He was murdered by agents of the Polish internal intelligence agency, the Służba Bezpieczeństwa, (English: Security Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs). He has been recognized as a martyr by the Catholic Church, and was beatified on June 6, 2010.
1 Life and work
4 See also
6 External links
 Life and work
Born in Okopy near Suchowola, Jerzy Popiełuszko was a charismatic priest who was first sent to strikers in the Warsaw Steelworks. Thereafter he was associated with workers and trade unionists from the Solidarity movement who opposed the Communist regime in Poland.
He was a staunch anti-communist, and in his sermons, interwove spiritual exhortations with political messages, criticizing the Communist system and motivating people to protest. During the period of martial law, the Catholic Church was the only force that could voice protest comparatively openly, with the regular celebration of Mass presenting opportunities for public gatherings in churches.
Popiełuszko’s sermons were routinely broadcast by Radio Free Europe, and thus became famous throughout Poland for their uncompromising stance against the regime. The Służba Bezpieczeństwa tried to silence or intimidate him. When those techniques did not work, they fabricated evidence against him; he was arrested in 1983, but soon released on intervention of the clergy and pardoned by an amnesty.
A car accident was set up to kill Jerzy Popiełuszko on October 13, 1984, but he escaped it. The alternative plan was to kidnap him, and it was carried out on October 19, 1984. The priest was beaten and murdered by three Security Police officers. Then, his body was dumped into the Vistula Water Reservoir near Włocławek from where it was recovered on October 30, 1984.
News of the political murder caused an uproar throughout Poland, and the murderers and one of their superiors were convicted of the crime. More than 250,000 people attended his funeral, including Lech Wałęsa on November 3, 1984. Despite the murder and its repercussions, the Communist regime remained in power until 1989. Popiełuszko’s murderers – Captain Grzegorz Piotrowski, Leszek Pękala, Waldemar Chmielewski and Colonel Adam Pietruszka – were jailed but released later as part of an amnesty.
In 1997, the Roman Catholic Church started the process of his beatification and by 2008 he had Servant of God status. On December 19, 2009, it was announced that Pope Benedict XVI had approved the decree of beatification of Father Popiełuszko. He was beatified on June 6, 2010 in Warsaw’s Pilsudski Square. His mother, Marianna Popiełuszko, who had turned 100-years-old few days earlier, was present at the event. 
Popiełuszko became a recipient of the Order of the White Eagle (posthumous, 2009) .
Noted Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik wrote his Bassoon Concerto (1985) in memory of Popiełuszko, and the work is very specifically inspired by Popiełuszko’s work and death.
A track entitled "Homily to Popiełuszko" is featured on the B-side to the album Flajelata (1986) by Muslimgauze. The entire B-side of that album is dedicated to all dissidents from the Soviet Union.
Ronald Harwood’s documentary drama The Deliberate Death of a Polish Priest was premiered at the Almeida Theatre in 1985 October——an early example of a theatre transcript of a trial, in this case the trial of Popiełuszko’s murderers.
A movie, Popiełuszko, documenting the life and death of Popiełuszko was released in Poland in February 2009.
A monument of Fr. Popiełuszko in the shape of a symbolic gravestone in the shape of a cross was erected by Chicago’s Polish community in the garden of memory next to St. Hyacinth Basilica.
A monument of Fr. Popiełuszko in the form of a bust bearing his likeness with a chain wrapped about his neck was erected on the property of Saint Hedwig Catholic Church in Trenton, New Jersey.
There is also a monument to Fr. Popieluszko in the form of a bust bearing his likeness in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
 See also
To Kill a Priest (1988 Fr.), a movie directed by Agnieszka Holland and starring Christopher Lambert as a character based on Jerzy Popiełuszko
To Kill A Priest: The Murder of Father Popieluszko and the Fall of Communism by Kevin Ruane (London: Gibson Books, 2004), ISBN 978-1-903933-54-1 / 1-903933-54-4.
Tribute to my friend Selvio's departed mother Alice
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