Christian Funerals For all Christians, the Church’s funeral rites are essential to the life of faith, hope, and charity to which God the Father calls us. These rites are about salvation, and our own sharing in the communion of Jesus Christ in his dying and rising. The faithful celebration of the Church’s funeral rites greatly benefits us spiritually and consoles us in sorrow. Pastoral Letter >> Read Archbishop Allen Vigneron’s letter to the faithful, “In Union with Christ’s Dying and Rising: Our Catholic Funeral Rites as a Sharing in the Paschal Mystery,” issued February 2, 2013. Directives for Catholic Funerals: Questions and Answers >> A compilation of questions and answers that may arise regarding Catholic funerals.