During the COVID-19 pandemic and government-mandated social distancing, our funeral ministry has necessarily changed some procedures. A summary of the new guidelines can be found here.
A Christian Funeral encompasses all the ways we mark the death of a loved one. This includes the time of passing and saying goodbye, burial and the grieving process.
The Funeral Liturgy itself is rich with the promise of eternal life. The blessing of the body with holy water, the placing of a white pall on the coffin, and the presence of the paschal candle all recall Baptism and symbolize Resurrection. We say our last farewell by incensing the body, which will then be returned to the earth from which it was made.
If a loved one has died, contact the Parish Office as soon as possible to begin Funeral arrangements.
If you are interested in Advanced Planning Resources, suggested readings, music, and other materials are available in our Funeral Planning folder. Please call the Parish Office to arrange for a folder, or to meet with a member of our Liturgy team to discuss funeral pre-planning.
Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
What is the difference between a Mass of Christian Burial and a Memorial Mass or Service?
A Mass of Christian Burial takes place with the remains of the deceased person present.
A Memorial Mass or Service is held in memory of the deceased person, but no remains are present.
What does the Catholic Church say about cremation?
Cremation is accepted by the Church. It is preferred that cremation take place after the funeral liturgy, but it is also acceptable for the cremation to take place first and the cremated remains to be present at the funeral liturgy.
The Catholic Church requires that the cremains be buried, or interred, following the funeral.
What fees are included with funerals at Mary Mother?
Fees are set for the cantor, accompanist, live-streaming, and church use. Free-will donations and welcome for the funeral luncheon (currently, no lunches due to covid restrictions). An offering is often made for the priest or deacon who presides. Please call the parish office for current information on fees.
What memorial opportunities are available?
Gifts in memory of a loved one may also be designated to Mary, Mother of the Church through memorial envelopes available at the Parish or for special needs identified in the Parish. For more information on memorial opportunities, our staff will gladly work with you.
For more information, contact us here.