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By Kathy Fanger
Parish Outreach Coordinator

One day, we will be called ‘home’ to heaven. Jesus promised, “I am going to prepare a place for you. Then I will come back to take you with me, that where I am you also may be.”
John 14: 1-3

The Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose is a ministry–based extension of the parishes. Our mission is to bridge the gap before, during and after the death of a loved one. We live out the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, emphasized in this Jubilee Year of Mercy: to visit the sick, bury the dead, comfort the sorrowful and pray for the living and the dead. We bring this ministry to the community through our staff, resources, and workshops.

Anionting of the Sick followed by the Sacrament

This sacrament of healing, which baptized Catholics above the age of reason may receive, is a sign of God’s great love for us. Misunderstandings exist that it is solely for those on their death bed. The sacrament is for the living, offering peace, spiritual and physical strength during an illness, the courage to endure one’s sufferings with grace, and the forgiveness of sins. The sacrament may even restore health according to God’s will. Those suffering from a serious illness (physical, mental, emotional); before serious surgery, the elderly if in a weak condition, and those nearing death. The sacrament may be received more than once. Do not wait until time of death to contact a priest. Many parishes offer this sacrament throughout the year. Contact your parish for information. Catholic Cemeteries offers this workshop and sacrament at least twice a year.

Questions at End of Life–A Catholic Perspective & Advance Directives

End-of-life health care choices in our advanced medical and technological world present unique challenges. The Catholic Church’s teachings, based on Scripture, uphold the dignity and preciousness of human life. We are made in the image of God. Our Catholic moral tradition does not accept the need to keep an individual alive at all costs and in all situations. Allowing a person to die a natural, unimpeded death is acceptable. These workshops present Catholic moral teachings, case studies, and when it is acceptable to discontinue medical treatment, always providing comfort or palliative care. Reviewing the advance-health-care directives in a step-by-step format with a professional helps to frame those decisions and provides a valuable tool for discussing your wishes with your loved ones.

Catholic Cemeteries assists you with our expertise and resources in planning for end of life. We offer you comfort and peace of mind in making decisions, and remind you of our shared hope in the resurrection.
For more information, please contact Kathy Fanger at (650) 428-3730 x508 or www.ccdsj.org.

CHING MING ROSARY AND MASS
Remembrance of Ancestors
April 2 | 10 am Rosary | 10:30 am Mass (Bilingual: Mandarin/English)
Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery – All Saints Chapel
Celebrant: Father Alberto Olivera
Sponsored by: San Jose Chinese Catholic Mission and Catholic Cemeteries