Funerals

Families are encouraged to contact the Parish Office, 719-542-4264 Ext 100 to schedule funerals, but please read below for important information.

"At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of Baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end, nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting Word of God and the Sacrament of the Eucharist." - Order of Christian Funerals, no. 4

With the desire to help everyone plan for truly Catholic funeral services, and in light of growing concerns regarding certain secular practices gaining momentum, which are contrary to our beliefs about the dignity of every human person as a composite of both body and soul, the following will be the new directives now in effect:

Family members are welcome to call or come in to the office to choose Scripture readings, reserve the hall, or meet with the priest. I am also willing to meet with families in their homes. [N.B. It is required that those being requested to serve at the Mass are already trained lectors or extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, whether here or at another parish.]

Music in the church is to be provided by musicians who are trained to sing for the Catholic Mass, and hymns must be selected from the Catholic hymnals. Appropriate personal photos and/or other items would be okay at the back near the guest book, plus we ask that the service is not filmed or video-recorded (e.g. smart phones or tablets), out of respect.

Normally, there are no eulogies at the Church. A suggestion is that if the family wishes for a certain person(s) to speak, this could take place at the reception or the end of the graveside services. Any eulogies given in the Church would need to occur prior to Mass and be previously approved by the priest, limited to one person, for approximately 5 minutes.

When a deceased person’s body has been cremated, the expectation is that the cremains must be treated with the same respect as a body in a casket, kept intact in a suitable vessel, and either buried or entombed in suitable location. It is not permissible to keep the cremains at home, scatter them, separate them into keepsakes, or co-mingle them with other cremains. These contrary situations place the priest in the difficult position of not being able to assist, neither in good conscience nor without misleading others, which is why we will not be able to schedule funeral services until there is a plan for burial included. In the case where someone is not willing to comply, we are still willing to have an intention for the deceased as a part of our regularly scheduled Masses during the week.

The offerings to the church, ministers, musicians, and for the use of the hall are available at the office and will follow the usual terms, with one exception. If I am the one presiding over the funeral, there is no need for any money to be given to me by parishioners, unless they simply insist on a donation, which I would accept graciously. Only if a priest is called in from elsewhere would the usual offering be required.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue our efforts to "Restore all things in Christ!"

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