We, at Christ the King, understand that you have just experienced the death of a loved one. Depending upon the circumstances, you may be feeling confused, sad, stunned, or even overwhelmed by your loss. Each death is unique and brings forth a variety of emotions. The language of love speaks with particular depth at the time of death. We are here to offer prayers, sympathy, support and hope for the future.
Catholics believe that death has been conquered by the love of Christ, and is a passageway to a more abundant, happy and perfect life that God has prepared for those who love him. Though it is terribly hard to say goodbye to the goodness of life in this world, death is the necessary passage to the place where the ultimate desires of every human person can be completely fulfilled. Death marks a new beginning, made possible by the Resurrection of Jesus, to intimate and eternal union with God himself.
The faith of the Church cannot erase the pain of losing a loved one, but can give some solace and strength. Death is a time when our faith in God is purified, as is our relationship with Him. The most important things, and the things that endure, are brought to the surface in a powerful way. It is a time for us to support and console one another, and to manifest that love that is stronger than death. When death occurs Christians respond with greater prayer, both for those who have died and for those who are experiencing the death of a loved one.
The Church manifests the suffering, death and Resurrection of Jesus in the funeral liturgy. The readings and prayers do not minimize human suffering and death, but show how they have been conquered by love. There is celebration and joy alongside sympathy and grief. For a baptized Catholic, the Mass of Christian burial is the customary ritual of prayer.
Please contact the church office and speak with Fr. Matthew Schiffelbein or Fr. Carter Zielinski at 785-273-0710 for assistance in arranging and planning the funeral liturgy. If the family would like a luncheon following the funeral the parish can make arrangements to provide this for your family. For assistance in planning the liturgy music and musicians, contact the Music Director at 273-0710. In this funeral guidelines booklet are resources to help you plan a funeral celebration for yourself or a loved one. If you are preparing for death or for a funeral of one who has recently passed, we are here to answer your questions and to assist you. We want your funeral liturgy to reflect your life of faith, hope and love.