Funerals

As Catholics, we celebrate the funeral rites to offer worship, praise, and thanksgiving to God for the gift of a life which has now been returned to God, the author of life and the hope of the just, and to provide grace for the soul as he or she takes on the final journey to eternal life. The Mass, the memorial of Christ’s death and resurrection, is the principal celebration of the Christian funeral and provides hope and consolation to the living. While proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and witnessing to Christian hope in the resurrection, the funeral rites also recall to all who take part in them God’s mercy and judgment.

What does the Church expect of a family at the time of a funeral? Can someone not from the parish have a funeral celebration at St. Regis? What about cremation? Vigil services and visitation?  Does a funeral at the church cost a certain amount? These and other questions are discussed in  A Catholic Understanding of Funerals. This document may help you prepare for the funeral of a loved one.

And know that St. Regis is always ready to assist you during this difficult time. Please contact the parish office at (248) 646-2686.