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Christian Funerals

Christian Funerals

What should I do to prepare for the Catholic funeral for a loved one at St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena?
Normally the funeral director will assist you in making arrangements with us. A priest or pastoral associate will then contact you to assist with the details of the Funeral Mass.

Is it necessary to have a funeral Mass?
A Mass is the usual form of worship and the highest form of prayer for a Catholic. A funeral service is permitted under some circumstances but this should be done only after thoughtful discussion with a priest and family members, and not simply as a convenience.

Can a Catholic be cremated?

The Church recommends that the body be brought to the Church for the rites of burial prior to cremation. If cremation cannot be done after the funeral Mass, the ashes may be brought to the Church for a Mass of Christian burial.

My mother died and was buried in another state, but most of our family and friends are here. Can we have a Mass for her at St. Mary–St. Catherine?
Yes. A Memorial Mass can be scheduled for your loved one and you can invite family and friends to participate.  To schedule a Memorial Mass, please call the Parish Center at 617-242-4664.