Planning a Loved One’s Funeral
St. Elizabeth parish is eager to assist the family at the difficult time of the loss of a loved one. The parish schedules funerals on weekdays at 9:30 a.m. which takes the place of daily mass. A second funeral may be scheduled later in the morning should a funeral already by schedule for that day at 9:30 a.m. Our Consolation Ministry is available to help with the planning, and is present at the funeral mass to guide the family during the liturgy.
Our parish community recognizes the right of every Catholic to have a funeral mass. We do our best, as well, to send a representative from the parish to pray with the family and guests at the funeral home, usually on the afternoon before the funeral mass. Should there be any difficulty with the donation to the parish or the music fees, we do not let that stand in the way of the celebration of your loved one’s funeral mass.
Many families wish to plan the funeral liturgy for their loved one. When they make the arrangements with the local funeral director, the materials for planning are given them at that time. The funeral home will also fax St. Elizabeth with the details that the family has decided upon. The St. Elizabeth fee is $300 for the Church; $125 for the Organist and $100 for the Cantor.
During the funeral mass the family can choose the first and second readings that are proclaimed during the liturgy of the word. Should a family member or friend who is Catholic feel comfortable in doing one of the readings, they are encouraged to do so. Also included in this booklet are suggested hymns to be sung during the mass.
Can Catholics be Cremated?
See this short explanation of the Church policy on this subject.