We are always willing to celebrate funerals for members of our community, their families and friends, Usually I would meet with family members to discuss the service, music, readings and prayers, and to talk about the person who has died.
Sometime people will be bringing the Bodies or Ashes of their loved ones to Vienna for Burial, and we are also able to celebrate these services.
My aim is to reflect the life of the person who has died, and to speak gently and truthfully about them, in the light of the Gospel, commending them to God’s mercy.
It is not always possible to arrange a funeral at short notice, or maybe the deceased person is returned to their country of origin for burial. In these cases and others, I can help you arrange a memorial celebration or Mass at a subsequent date; these would, of course, be mainly in English, but Geman and other languages may be incorporated also as possible and appropriate.
If I am not in Vienna, I will do my best to help you find another English-speaking priest, and to organise the celebration.
Each Sunday we remember all those we have loved and lost. If you would like someone who has died to be remembered (on their anniversary of death, for example) please let me know, and we will include them in the prayers of the Mass.