Our hope is that the following information will assist you in your time of mourning and guide those preparing to celebrate a funeral liturgy honoring friends and relatives. As Catholics, we celebrate the funeral in the sacred space of our church, to honor and commend our loved one to the Lord, trusting in His promise to prepare a place for us in heaven.
CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF THE DECEASED. Saint Kateri Parish embraces the opportunity for any individual to receive the liturgical blessings of a Catholic funeral at any of its four worship sites.
There are no registration or religious requirements for those seeking funeral services for their loved ones at Saint Kateri. Often, people feel that because someone is not a practicing Catholic, they are not worthy or allowed to have a funeral mass or service. Our parish welcomes this opportunity to serve and share God’s message of loving mercy
Music Within the Order of Christian Funerals
Music can be used within the three Rituals of Christian Funerals: the Vigil, which may take place at the Funeral Home, the Funeral/Memorial Mass, which takes place at the church, and the Place of Committal or the final act of the community which takes place at the cemetery/interment.
The use of personal, recorded or secular music can be used at the Funeral home or Wake, Closing of the Coffin or Place of Committal.
Words of Remembrance
These are not necessary, but often desire to be given. Saint Kateri, respecting this time of personal grief, offers an opportunity at the funeral liturgy to share Words of Remembrance, up to 5 minutes in duration. If family and friends would like to have more opportunities to speak, we suggest sharing these words at, the funeral home, possibly the close of calling hours or at a gathering time following the funeral and cemetery service.
Suggestions for Memorable Words of Remembrance
Things to Avoid
When you arrive at the church on the funeral day, you will be greeted by a parish minister. We will guide you through the details of where to sit, stand, speak and address any concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact our staff anytime during this funeral process, one that is all too common, but never easy. Let us share the compassion of Christ with the comfort of His Resurrection.
We who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death.
These are regulations for funeral homes/families if calling for a funeral.