WHAT the Church Teaches: “In the face of death, the Church confidently proclaims that God has created each person for Eternal Life, and that Jesus, the Son of God, by his own death and resurrection, has broken the chains of sin and death that bound humanity” (Order of Christian Funerals #1). The process of buring a loved one is always difficult, but according to the Catholic Rites it can also be comforting and healing.

The Catholic Funeral Rites include three elements:
a. the Vigil or Wake Service at the Funeral Home
b. the Funeral Mass at Church
c. the Committal Service at the Cemetery
    — Human remains must ALWAYS be interred in a grave or tomb.

Visit the Diocesan Catholic Cemeteries Association for more information.

Steps to take AFTER a loved one has died:
1. Notify any/all family mambers.
2. Call the Funeral Home so that they can care for the body.
3. Make ALL Arrangements with the Funeral Home.
    — Let the Funeral Home call the parish about setting a funeral date.
4. Contact the clergy (below) to plan the Funeral Mass/Service.


Body or Cremated Remains at the Funeral:
The Church prefers the body to be present at the Mass,
   but allows cremated remains to be present in an urn.
Either way, the human remains must ALWAYS be interred,
   below ground in a grave or above ground in a tomb.
   — Cremated remains should NOT be kept as personal property
        nor scattered anywhere.

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Catholic Funerals and Burial.

Name Phone Email
Fr. Kawalec 330-699-5086 x.1000
Deacon Dennis 330-699-5086 x.1015