Please contact the parish office for Funeral Services.

Arranging Funerals and Memorials

The sadness of death should give way in our liturgy to the promise of resurrected life. Our celebration of a person’s life should reflect our conviction that in Jesus Christ we have life beyond life.

Saint Joseph’s is pleased to offer its parishioners and friends the complete rites as a means of consolation for the living and grace-filled assistance for the deceased. These rites, which include a funeral Mass and the possibility of a vigil in the church or funeral home, are most properly celebrated in the parish church of the deceased, in the presence of their faith community.

Funerals at St. Joseph’s are therefore limited to Catholic parishioners and to those with significant ties to the parish.

Funerals are normally held at either 10:00 a.m. Monday to Friday and/or at other times by special arrangement, depending on clergy and church availability. A vigil is normally held the afternoon or evening before, at the church or at the funeral home.

The first step to take when planning a funeral liturgy is to consult the Pastor. This may be done by contacting the main office.

Services we are able to offer you:

The most common form of Catholic funeral has the following elements:

1. Vigil service with either the body or ashes present.

2. Funeral Mass or service with either the body or ashes present.

3. Graveside service with burial of the body or ashes.

Another option is a memorial Mass or service with no remains present. These can take place close to the time of death or at some convenient time for the gathering of friends and family.

The vigil service may be held at the funeral home, the church or at a private home. This could mean that you decide to have it at the home of the deceased.

Vigils may be led by a priest or deacon.

The vigil is the best time to have memorials, eulogies, as well as secular music and readings, such as poems.

Types of funeral Masses:

1. Funeral Mass with body or ashes present.

  • The funeral Mass is held at the church. The remains are treated with great respect (including ashes).
  • At the entrance to the church the body is sprinkled with holy water and covered with a pall, a reminder of baptism. When the procession reaches the front of the church an open bible and a crucifix, symbols of Christian faith, may be placed on the casket.
  • An urn of ashes may be carried in procession or placed on a table at the front of the church before the service begins.
  • A flag may be placed on the casket after communion.

2) Memorial Mass (no remains present)

  • The memorial Mass is held in church just like a funeral Mass, but no remains are present. The opening of Mass is like a more usual Mass with an opening song, greeting and penitential rite.

Financial considerations

The recommended donation for use of the church is $250 (includes the Organist). No one will be denied the services of the Church for financial reasons; if the fees are burdensome, please speak with the priest. These donations/stipends may be paid through the funeral home or by a family member. They should be paid on or before the day of the funeral.


We welcome flowers and wreaths as part of the funeral celebration. During Lent we do not use flowers on the altar, but they can be displayed around the casket and at the communion rail.

Memorial Gifts

You may wish to encourage friends and family to make Memorial Gifts to St. Joseph’s Church. These gifts are received in the name of the one who has died, and the immediate family is notified of these gifts. Memorial gifts may be used for the general needs of the church, or may be designated for a specific purpose, such as church restoration, community service, or music. If you wish to have Memorial Gifts made to Saint Joseph’s Church, it will be indicated in the funeral program.