The funeral of Catholics should normally be celebrated with a Funeral Mass in the Church, followed by Christian burial, although the choice of cremation is allowed provided that it is not chosen for an anti-Christian motive. The body may be brought to the Church the day before although this is optional.
It is permitted for someone to give a brief speech concerning the deceased person, although this is by no means necessary and is often found difficult and embarrassing because of the grief that is experienced. It is often better to make such speeches at the reception afterwards when people are more relaxed.
The character of a Catholic Funeral
Remembering the Holy Souls
How to arrange a Funeral
at St. Joseph’s
When somebody dies, one of the first things to do is to contact a reputable Funeral Director who will assist you with the various arrangements that need to be made. The Funeral Director will contact your local priest and arrange with him the date and time of the funeral.
You are very welcome to contact Father Neil for additional guidance and advice. Even if it has been some time since you or the deceased had any contact with the church, please be assured that our parish will welcome you and do all they can to assist with the funeral arrangements.