Catholic Funeral Homilies

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Catholic Funeral Homilies

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  • 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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The Word in and Out of Season: Homilies for the Major Feasts, Christmas, Easter, Weddings and Funerals
The Word in and Out of Season: Homilies for the Major Feasts, Christmas, Easter, Weddings and Funerals
In the fourth volume of his popular series, veteran pastor and educator Richard Viladesau has written a collection of homilies for the seasons of Christmas and Easter. These two seasons “pose particular difficulties for the preacher because these feasts–especially Christmas–have been adopted into our culture in a secularized form that has little to do with their original religious meaning,” contends Viladesau.
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

Warsaw: Grave of Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko
Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko (Wikipedia)

Born September 14, 1947(1947-09-14)
Okopy near Suchowola, Poland
Died October 19, 1984 (aged 37)
Wloclawek, Poland
Venerated in Roman Catholicism
Beatified June 6, 2010, Warsaw by Angelo Amato
Feast October 19

FuneralJerzy Popiełuszko (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjɛʐɨ popʲɛˈwuʂkɔ]; September 14, 1947[1] – 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.[2]

Contents [hide]
1 Life and work
2 Assassination
3 Legacy
3.1 Media
3.2 Monuments
4 See also
5 References
6 External links

[edit] 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.

[edit] Assassination
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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[4] 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. [5]

Popiełuszko became a recipient of the Order of the White Eagle (posthumous, 2009) [6].

[edit] Legacy
[edit] Media
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.[7]

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.

[edit] Monuments
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.

[edit] 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[8]
To Kill A Priest: The Murder of Father Popieluszko and the Fall of Communism by Kevin Ruane (London: Gibson Books, 2004),[2] ISBN 978-1-903933-54-1 / 1-903933-54-4.

Tribute to my friend Selvio's departed mother Alice

Tribute to my friend Selvio's departed mother Alice
“She must have lost count of how many Rosaries she had prayed on a single day,” said Areena Fernandes of her grandmother Maria Alice Margarida de Cortona Coelho Fernandes, while thanking one and all for being present for the funeral at St Sebastian Chapel in Fontainhas, Panjim, on February 14, 2012, evening. I am glad that I reached in time for the touching homily Fr Pratap Naik SJ preached at the Mass in tribute to Alice, whom he called his mother. He said he often visited the 94 years plus devout old lady, while she waited with the Rosary beads in her fingers, longing for her son Selvio to return home from work. One could not fault her son returning late because he loved and cared for her mother as well his innumerable friends and especially those in need. He invariably arrived home late but put her at ease and in good spirits within moments. Fr Pratap narrated how she would talk to him about an instance from the Sunday sermon or some Catholic news she had read in the Konkani weekly “Vauraddeancho Ixtt”. She was born and brought up as a rich doctor’s daughter in Velsao and they always conversed in Portuguese at home. But she loved her mother-tongue Konkani, hence the entire service at the Mass today was in Konkani, and the three-member choir rendered some Konkani hymns excellently. Fr Pratap recalled Alicia telling him about her childhood in seaside village Velsao in South Goa, and how she would travel to the feast of Goencho Saib St Francis Xavier in Old Goa on December 3, in a palanquin, from Velsao to Old Goa and back. There were many other virtues she was known for. She was interred at the Santa Inez cemetery in Panjim after the Eucharistic service at the Chapel, watched and silently mourned by many. Alice, relict of late Pedro Joaquim Francisco Silva Fernandes, leaves behind her three children Selvio, Sana/Leslie and Agnelo/Lizette and grand children Aaron and Areena. Our heartfelt condolences to all of them, especially our dear friend Selvio.

catholic funeral homilies

A Reluctant Malachi
A RELUCTANT MALACHI is a collection of Thomas J. Quinlan’s sometimes serious, sometimes ribald, and often hilarious homilies, reflections, fantasies, and writings which point in the direction his beloved Catholic Church must go in the age of Vatican II. Between jousts at the ludicrous mythology which has infiltrated Christian religion and jousts at those who excoriate him publicly, he masterfully describes the foundation necessary to create a thoughtful, spiritual, and meaningful Catholic—and even Protestant– Christian community. “TQ has been one of the hidden treasures of the Catholic Church over so many years. Many have not understood his approach to pastoral ministry, but it has been invaluable in many respects. His new book, A Reluctant Malachi, introduces the reader to some of the wisdom he has shared with many Catholics and others over the years. I heartily recommend the book.” Richard P. McBrien, Crowley-O’Brien Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame. “I ordered A Reluctant Malachi a few weeks ago, perhaps you remember my name; you sent a nice note with TQ’s website inside the book, inviting me to contact him. After some busy, busy days I opened the book last weekend and began reading. What a joy. What wonderful brain food! “Yesterday I wrote a letter to TQ and sent you a copy, rather than send electronically. I had lots to tell him about my memories of Good Shepherd, and some photos from 1972 to send along too. (My father always had a camera with him.) Regarding Dad: My full name is Margaret Howland Jewett, and that’s Dad at the bottom of page viii. He (Bud) and my mother (Mary) loved TQ. They died a few years ago. In fact, TQ came and spoke at Mom’s funeral which we held at Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church. Mt. Vernon Unitarian was a vital part of our community, and though we didn’t belong they had no problem hosting her funeral, and TQ had no problem being their either, of course. Thank you for this book. –Maggie Howland