Funerals

Funerals

"I long to depart this life and be with Christ, for that is far better." Philippians 1:23

Our deepest sympathy is with you if you have just lost a loved one.

We will do our utmost to work with you in planning a funeral service that will be as comforting and healing as possible.
The typical funeral has four parts:

Vigil
Usually, around 7pm in the Church, or the Funeral Home, a Vigil service will include Scripture readings, a homily and family and friends testimonies. This replaces the Rosary, although one can be included at that time if requested. The decision would depend on the percentage of Catholics attending.

Mass
Typically around 10am, family involvement is encouraged in the readings, offertory procession, etc... One eulogy at the Mass (up to 5 min.) seems to work best. We supply a book for the family to choose readings and prayers from. A member of our Bereavement Ministry is available to help your family in your choices and planning. Singers and organists are available for $150 each.

Graveside
This service includes the blessing of the grave, prayers for the deceased and mourners. It is typically about 5 minutes. If the deceased was in the service, the flag is presented at this time.

Reception
If it is available, you may use the Parish Hall for a reception. Our Martha and Mary Ministry members will help with food.

Donation
A donation to the Church is customary, but not a requirement. Commonly, people give an average of $175 to $250, most often through the Mortician.

Please contact the Parish Office at (818) 888-8200.

Links

Catholic Funeral Rites and Customer  Archdiocese of Los Angeles  
About Cremation and the Funeral Liturgy Archdiocese of Los Angeles 
Christian Funerals (USCCB)  
Christian Funerals - Catechism of the Catholic Church 
Ecclesiastical Funerals  - Cannon Law

 
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