Funerals

“…just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father,
we too might walk in newness of life.”

~ Romans 6:4

At the time of a death in the family, please contact the rectory for the prayers and support of the parish community. The Funeral Director assists in the preparations for the Mass of Christian Burial, working together with the pastor and the parish staff.

Whenever possible, the family of the deceased takes part in planning the Mass of Christian Burial, in choosing readings, lectors, hymns and other aspects of the Funeral Mass.

Funerals are normally celebrated in the parish church of the deceased. However, any member of the faithful, or those responsible for the deceased person’s funeral, may choose another church; this requires the consent of the pastor of that church and notification to the pastor of the deceased.

With very few exceptions, the Catholic faithful are entitled to receive Christian Burial.

The Church permits cremation provided that it is not chosen as a denial of faith in the resurrection of the body. It is required that cremated remains be buried in a cemetery.

A Catholic cemetery is considered a sacred place, and supports our belief in the resurrection of the body and the communion of saints. It is only by way of exception, therefore, that Catholics are buried in a non-sectarian cemetery.