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Catholic Funeral Plan

The Catholic Funeral Plan®

A faith-based, pre-need plan for you and your loved ones

The Catholic Funeral Plan® is a faith-based, pre-need plan that allows Catholic families to plan their funeral arrangements in advance. 

The plan guarantees that, when you die, the funeral arrangements you've selected will be delivered as planned and in accordance with the liturgical traditions of the Church.

The Catholic Funeral Plan® preserves, promotes and protects important faith and liturgical traditions of the Church. The Plan provides a practical planning tool to ensure that the faithful will receive a funeral that they have desired, in the full faith and tradition of the Church.

A Catholic funeral is a religious service held for someone of the Catholic faith who has passed away. It can be an especially difficult time for family members, but it's also a beautiful moment to remember the deceased and all that they meant to you. If you are planning a catholic funeral for yourself or someone else, here are some helpful guidelines.

Planning a Catholic Funeral

A Catholic funeral is an important part of celebrating the deceased's life. It should be planned with care and love to reflect your loved one's beliefs, traditions or culture. Catholic Funerals offer guidance for laying out remains before they are entombed as well as how you want them honored posthumously by friends and family members during rituals like wakes/visitations at home churches etc., which can include readings from scripture or prayers offered up on behalf of all those who attend these events.

Can I Have a Catholic Funeral?

A Catholic funeral will be held for you when there are no known circumstances that would prevent it. For example, if the person was not baptized or had some other religious identification besides Catholicism. 

The funeral can be held at a cemetery, funeral home, or Church. If you wish to have your funeral in the Church and the body is not present (for example, if you died and were cremated), an "in-memoriam" service may be offered where photos of the deceased are used along with readings and songs. During this time of special remembrance, friends and relatives share their memories of the one being remembered.

If you want to have your liturgical funeral in church but are unable to attend due to illness or distance from the parish, it is recommended that someone contact the parish priest so he will know when death occurs. This way when family members arrive they can telephone him when they are ready for the funeral.

When a person is enrolled in the Catholic Funeral Plan®, they select the funeral home of their choice and determine the arrangements that best suit them, at a price they feel is appropriate.  The funeral home will provide those arrangements at the time of death.  The Catholic Funeral Plan® oversees the process so that arrangements are carried out as specified and in the Catholic tradition. 

The Catholic Funeral Plan® is funded by an insurance policy issued by Loyal Christian Benefit Association

Benefits for You and Your Family

Benefits for You and Your Family

The Catholic Funeral Plan® offers a number of benefits to Catholic Families:

  • The Plan is a way to protect the Church’s teachings and to guarantee Catholic families an affordable funeral in the traditions of their Church.
  • Enrollees will have the peace of mind of knowing that their family will be spared the burden of making decisions about their funeral and burial, leaving no doubt as to their wishes.
  • They will have the assurance that they have provided for the cost of their funeral.  The insurance policy protects against inflation and grows in value every year. If the policy benefit exceeds the funeral costs, the excess will be paid to a designated beneficiary.

Why Would Someone Want to Have a Catholic-Style Funeral

Catholic-style funerals are so much more than just the traditional Civil ceremonies. They offer beautiful burials with an expression of grief that can't be found anywhere else, all for one price!

Catholic funerals are led by a priest or deacon and may include Scripture readings, songs, eulogies, prayers, and the sprinkling of holy water. Catholics believe that these special rituals can help prepare them for God's presence in heaven.

One benefit to having a Catholic funeral is that it offers an opportunity to heal family rifts or feuds. "For some people who were estranged from their loved ones at the time of death, this could be their only chance to reconcile with them before they are no longer around," said Father Matt Williams of Holy Family Church in Brooklyn. "The funeral also allows us to show our love for one another."

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