Frequently Asked Questions about Funerals
A staff member will meet with the family to plan the funeral Mass liturgy. A priest or a deacon can also facilitate a scripture or a rosary service at the funeral home during visitation services. A funeral team will be present at the Funeral Mass to offer assistance where needed. A funeral luncheon is provided by a team of volunteers upon request.
There is never a charge for any Sacrament in the church or the service of a priest. It is customary, however, to charge a fee for the use of the church buildings and to help offset the operating expenses surrounding the funeral. The fee is also inclusive of the organist and cantor.
When a parishioner dies, the funeral home will contact the parish office or the priest to check on availability of the church and priest.
Parishioners are always welcome to pre-plan a funeral Mass liturgy with a member of our staff. Call the parish office to set up a meeting.
Ordinarily this means that the ‘celebration of life’ is in the context of a Mass held in a Catholic church. If a Mass is not desired by the family, a funeral service can be presided by a priest or a deacon, typically at the funeral home.
The definite preference of the church is for burial of the body. However, since 1963 cremation has been permitted. The church strongly prefers that cremation take place after the full funeral liturgy with the body.