The time of loss and grieving is always a difficult time for all of us and so in your time of grief, the parish wants you to know that we support you, pray with you, and pray for you.
Generally, the family, funeral director and the parish arrange the time for a funeral Mass jointly. There may be the need for the family and the priest to meet and choose the readings, songs, prayers and offertory (gift bearers). The day before the funeral Mass, a prayer vigil service may be arranged at the funeral home. Eulogies by family members or friends are not permitted at the funeral Mass but may be included in the Vigil service, at the place of burial, or during the reception. Cremation is permitted.
At St Martins, Drayton, we often have a committee of CWL volunteers who will prepare and serve a light luncheon following Mass. This is arranged and requested through the family and funeral home.
Normally, a practicing Catholic has a Mass in the church on the day of burial. The Church will bury non-practicing or a non-Catholic but that is usually done with a service in the funeral home. If the deceased does not attend Mass in life, we do not intend to impose one when the person dies.
If you are looking for information for your future planning or for your executor’s guidance, please refer to the Catholic Cemeteries website.
Please consider a gift in your last will and testament to ensure St Mary Immaculate and the mission of St Martin of Tours parish continues to nurture and sustain a strong and vibrant faith community.