“Even now we are journeying towards the sabbath of eternity, the new Jerusalem, towards our common home in heaven. Jesus says: 'I make all things new' (Rev 21:5). Eternal life will be a shared experience of awe, in which each creature, resplendently transfigured, will take its rightful place and have something to give those poor men and women who will have been liberated once and for all.”
Pope Francis
Laudato Si', #243
SERVICE: Taking Care of His Suffering Body

Care and Comfort

The Risen Christ in our midst is the “firstborn of the dead” (Col 1:18). Through the light of his Resurrection, Holy Family parishioners can offer their hope and care for those who grieve the loss of a loved one.

The Holy Family Care and Comfort committee's mission is to provide support to the bereaved family and comfort to the sick and shut-in. This support is manifested through a team effort. The family makes initial contact with the pastor. Members of the ministry then help the family by: assisting in the preparation of the wake and funeral services; assuming liturgical role(s) as needed; sharing repast information; setting up the eating facility and serving the family and guests. Other tasks are performed to provide comfort to the bereaved family through this process.

Please pray for the souls of all the faithful departed of our parish, especially those who have most recently passed into eternal life.

Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Washington
Prayers for the Dying
Prayers for the Dead


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Prayer for Souls

Eternal Father, I offer you the most precious Blood of your divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the word today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home and within my own family. Amen

-St. Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

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