The celebration of the Christian funeral brings hope and consolation to the living. At the death of a Christian, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased and ministers to the sorrowing. The funeral rites, with the
comforting word of God and the Sacrament of the Eucharist, uphold the dignity of this deceased child of God, seeking His mercy and anticipating His love.
At Saint John the Apostle, we are committed to recognizing the dignity of the children of God as they journey to their eternal rest. We invite you to reflect on these guidelines, intended as a source in the planning of funeral arrangements. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate in contacting us.
When planning a funeral, we ask that you please consider the following:
- Funeral Directors are asked to contact Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church prior to finalizing funeral services. They may contact us during the meeting with the family, and we will confirm services as soon as possible.
- On Saturdays the church is usually busy with the celebration of other liturgies and sacraments. This prevents clergy and staff from being available for funeral services on this particular day.
- Following funeral home arrangements, the family is asked to attend a brief meeting at the office with a funeral ministry member and/or pastor. At this meeting we will go over details for Mass/services such as the following:
- Selection of the Readings
- Selection of the Music
- Information family wishes to share with us regarding their loved one.
- There is no charge for the use of the church for Funeral Rites. Families wishing to make a free will offering/stipend to the presider are welcome to do so. Music fees: $100 fee for the accompanist (may be waived due to financial burden).
- We ask that the family be available at least 30 minutes prior to funeral mass/service at the church. This will give us time to go over the procedures for lectors, gift bearers and last minute details. It also gives the family an opportunity to greet those attending.
- For Funeral Mass with cremated remains of the body present, the family is invited to bring a picture of their loved one. Flowers placed next to, or around urn are also welcome.