Death is a constant in our lives.
Yet we, as Catholics, believe in the resurrection of of the dead and life for all the
world to come. And so, when loved ones pass from this life to the next, we gather as
a faithful community to celebrate the end of a "sacramental life" and the beginning
of a new life found in the wellspring that is our common and shared Baptism in Christ.
Preparing for the funeral at St. Peter's
For families or individuals who desire to celebrate the life of a loved one in a funeral
at St. Peter's, we offer several different liturgical rites:
A vigil service is designed for families that seek an intimate, evening gathering with
the deceased. This service also offers an longer format to speak openly, honestly and
lovingly about the impact of the deceased in lives of those gathered, be they family or friends.
A Christian funeral is the traditional Catholic service to celebrate the life of the deceased
in the common liturgy of the Church. We offer two forms: a funeral service and a funeral mass.
In both services, we provide guidance to the families and individuals in the selection of
readings for the Liturgy of the Word, not to mention appropriate hymns, prayers and music.
Families and individuals who are seeking a Funeral Mass with the Liturgy of the Eucharist
will be instructed in the pastoral care and responsibility to all those attending the
service, some of who might not be Catholic or even practicing Christians.
Finally, a graveside service in which the presider is present for final blessings and
prayers at the time and place of burial can also be provided.
Below is a list of the partial requirements for families and individuals seeking to have a
funeral at St. Peter's. The family, individual or the deceased itself must:
- Have a pastoral connection to St. Peter's
- Attend all required funeral preparatory sessions
- Understand the Christian commitment to the dead
Funerals at St. Peter's
To emphasize the importance of the passing of the deceased, funerals are
offered throughout the liturgical year. A priest is the presider for a funeral mass and
a deacon can be the presider at a funeral service. Although there is no charge for use
of St. Peter's, there is a stole fee for the priest as the presider during the liturgy.
If desired, the St. Peter's Hospitality Committee provides a luncheon following all
funerals, but they do require a 72-hour minimum advance notice. We charge $2.50 per
person attending the luncheon.
For more information about funerals and how to celebrate the life of loved one,
contact our parish office..