The celebration of the Christian funeral brings hope and consolation to the living and offers praise and thanksgiving to God for the life of the deceased.  

The funeral Rites include the Vigil at the funeral home the night prior to the funeral, the Funeral liturgy in the Church, and the Rite of Committal at the cemetery. 

It is the practice of the Catholic Church, “as a tender mother, not simply to commend the dead to God, but also to raise high the hope of its children and to give witness to its own faith in the future resurrection of the baptized with Christ.” 

As Church, our role is to walk with you in the difficult time of loss and support you in planning and prayer. 

When your loved one is dying or has passed away…

In the hospital or at home, the pastor or pastoral minister can pray with families, bringing Christ’s words of comfort and hope to the dying and their loved ones.

The pastor is available to provide last rites– viaticum (food for the journey- the Eucharist), reconciliation, and anointing of the sick. 

When your loved one, a parishioner of the parish, has passed, please contact the parish office as soon as possible.  We will guide you step by step through the next stages and funeral planning

You may also pre-plan your funeral Mass at any age.  This alleviates the details and stress from your loved ones at the time of death. 

A grief support group meets the first Thursday of every month.

Funeral & Grief Support Contact:
Rosemary Beahan, Staff
616.532.9344 x106