A Roman Catholic Parish Serving:

Penn Yan, Dundee, Naples, Prattsburgh,

Rushville, and Stanley

Saint Michael's Church
Penn Yan, NY
Parish Founded: 1850
Current Church: 1902

Saint Michael's Catholic School
Penn Yan, NY
School Founded: 1882
Grades: PreK-5

Saint Patrick's Church
Prattsburg, NY
Parish Founded: 1860
Current Church: 1868

Saint Theresa's Church
Stanley, NY
Parish Founded: 1876
Current Church: 1876

Saint Januarius' Church
Naples, NY
Parish Founded: 1876
Current Church: 1964

Cobblestone Springs
Dundee, NY
Year Built: 1840
Staffed By: Sisters of St. Joseph

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The Rite of Christian Burial

While not a sacrament the Rite of Christian Burial and the Funeral Mass are two of the most important services of the church. We here at Our Lady of the Lakes would like to offer our deepest condolences and support you the best we can. We know that this is a difficult time and we hope we can be at your service.

“At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of Baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end, nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting Word of God and the Sacrament of the Eucharist.” 

There are three main parts to the Catholic Funeral Rite. It is recommended by the United states Conference of Catholic Bishops that all three parts are done to their fullest and to celebrate the life of the deceased:

  • Vigil Service (Wake)
    • “At the vigil, the Christian community keeps watch with the family in prayer to the God of mercy and finds strength in Christ’s presence” (Order of Christian Funerals, no. 56). The Vigil Service usually takes place during the period of visitation and viewing at the funeral home. It is a time to remember the life of the deceased and to commend him/her to God. In prayer we ask God to console us in our grief and give us strength to support one another.
    • The Vigil Service can take the form of a Service of the Word with readings from Sacred Scripture accompanied by reflection and prayers. It can also take the form of one of the prayers of the Office for the Dead from the Liturgy of the Hours. The clergy and your funeral director can assist in planning such service.
    • It is most appropriate, when family and friends are gathered together for visitation, to offer time for recalling the life of the deceased. For this reason, eulogies are usually encouraged to be done at the funeral home during visitation or at the Vigil Service.
  • Funeral Liturgy:
    • The funeral liturgy is the central liturgical celebration of the Christian community for the deceased. When one of its members dies, the Church encourages the celebration of the funeral liturgy at a Mass. When Mass cannot be celebrated, a funeral liturgy outside Mass can be celebrated at the church or in the funeral home.
    • At the funeral liturgy, the Church gathers with the family and friends of the deceased to give praise and thanks to God for Christ’s victory over sin and death, to commend the deceased to God’s tender mercy and compassion, and to seek strength in the proclamation of the Paschal Mystery. The funeral liturgy, therefore, is an act of worship, and not merely an expression of grief.
  • Rite of Committal (Burial or Interment)
    • The Rite of Committal, the conclusion of the funeral rite, is the final act of the community of faith in caring for the body of its deceased member. It should normally be celebrated at the place of committal, that is, beside the open grave or place of interment. In committing the body to its resting place, the community expresses the hope that, with all those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, the deceased awaits the glory of the resurrection. The Rite of Committal is an expression of the communion that exists between the Church on earth and the Church in heaven: the deceased passes with the farewell prayers of the community of believers into the welcoming company of those who need faith no longer, but see God face-to-face.

 

Some helpful documents to help you plan can be found here:

For Funeral services at the church (If not made by the funeral home) please contact
Donna Gardiner (Parish Administrative Assistant)
Donna.Gardiner@dor.org
Our Lady of the Lakes
210 Keuka Street
Penn Yan, NY 14527
315-536-7459
Fax 315-536-3817

For Cemetery Services please contact:
Bonnie Basler (Maintenance/Cemetery Administrator)
Bonnie.Basler@dor.org
Our Lady of the Lakes
210 Keuka Street
Penn Yan, NY 14527
315-536-7459
Fax 315-536-3817

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mass Times and Events

St. Michael's
Sat - 4:00(Confession)
Sat - 5:00 pm
Sun - 7:00 am
Sun - 9:30 am
Mon - 4:00 Holy Rosary
Thu - 8:30-12:00n (Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament)

St. Theresa's
Sun -10:30 am (Confession)
Sun - 11:00 am

St. Januarius'
Sat - 4:00 (Confession)
Sat - 5:00 pm
Sun - 10:00 am
Fri - 8:30 am - 12:00n (Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament)

St. Patrick's
Sun - 7:30 am (Confession)
Sun - 8:00 am

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