Naming and Commendation of an Infant Who Died Before Birth

Naming and Commendation Rite

"I am the Resurrection and the life." - John 11:25

Jointly developed by the Archdiocesan Office of Worship and the RLA, this rite is designed to meet the needs of parents whose child(ren) died prior to birth because of miscarriage, accident, or abortion.

The ritual emphasizes the Church's respect for the sacredness of all human life from the moment of conception – regardless of a child’s age or stage of development.  It acknowledges that all life, even the lives of those who are never born, impacts families and individuals.  It also helps bring peaceful closure after a great loss.  It helps families and friends place the infant's death in the context of faith and to unite them to the merciful love of God.  

Dates for Upcoming Naming and Commendation Ceremonies

If your parish would like to host a Naming and Commendation Rite or Mass, please contact the RLA. If you would like to be notified when the next one is scheduled, please email the RLA.