committing the body to its resting place, the community expresses
the hope that, with all those who have gone before 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."
— Order of Christian Funerals, paragraph 206
Too often, the Catholic Cemeteries receive a committal order with
no indication that the fullness of the OCF has been requested by
or offered to the family of the deceased. Convenience, time, or
simply a lack of understanding is usually the reason. When this
occurs, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Catholic Cemeteries offers
our Spiritual Director, as well as several deacons,
to perform the Rite of Committal and to counsel the family of the
deceased about the necessary and significant impact of the Order
of Christian Funerals.