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Burying the dead: A guide to Catholic funeral planning

  Download the eight-page special supplement. Liturgical norms for the celebration of funeral rites The importance of the Catholic funeral Mass Guidelines for the funeral liturgy with cremated remains present […]

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Guidelines for the funeral liturgy with cremated remains present

FORT WAYNE — The Church clearly prefers and urges that the body of the deceased be present for the funeral rites. The presence of the body forcefully reminds the faithful […]

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Funeral planning and wills

FORT WAYNE — Indiana lawmakers established a way years ago to address common questions about funeral planning, wills, and how to legally document a person’s preferences for their own funeral […]

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Catholic cemeteries in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

The following cemeteries have been designated as sacred places by a Catholic bishop’s blessing. If a Catholic is instead buried in a nonCatholic cemetery, the priest who leads the burial […]

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Prayers for the dead help the living, too, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Praying for the dead and asking God to welcome them into his presence forever helps Christians remember what life and death are really about, Pope Francis […]

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Frequently asked questions about Catholic Christian funerals in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

May Catholics be cremated? Yes, as long as Catholic beliefs in the resurrection of the body are respected. Cremation should take place after the funeral liturgy. May we celebrate a […]

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Diocesan funeral home a rare blessing

For more than a hundred years, the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has maintained a Catholic, diocesan-operated cemetery; but until a few years ago, there has not been a funeral […]

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The importance of the Catholic funeral Mass

By Karen Clifford Death is a subject most people don’t usually wish to talk about. But communicating final wishes to loved ones is vital. Msgr. Michael Heintz, vicar general Father […]

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Liturgical norms for the celebration of funeral rites

Promulgated by Bishop John D’Arcy in June 2001 and reprinted November 2005. Unless otherwise noted, material in quotation marks is from the Order of Christian Funerals. FORT WAYNE — Death […]

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Around the Diocese: September 12, 2021

Vincentians and friends to walk for the poor  FORT WAYNE — The ability of the St. Vincent de Paul Society to act in ways that lift families out of poverty […]

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Queen of Peace names Scott Kovatch principal

At Queen of Peace School in Mishawaka, area teacher and administrator Scott Kovatch will be at the helm beginning with the 2021-22 school year.  In addition to a diverse background […]

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Melissa Green leads at St. Joseph Grade School, South Bend

Melissa Green was born and raised outside of New York City. “I came to Indiana as a college freshman at the University of Notre Dame,” she explained. It was there […]