In the face of death, the church confidently proclaims that God has created each person for eternal life and that Jesus, by his death and resurrection, has destroyed death forever. Christians celebrate the funeral rites to offer worship, praise and thanksgiving to God for the gift of a life which had now been returned to God, the author of life.
St. John Neumann parish is blessed to offer a grieving family the opportunity to celebrate Christian Burial according to the Rite of the Catholic Church. At the time of death, the parish office should be contacted, and a date for the funeral liturgy will be scheduled in conjunction with the funeral director of the family’s choosing. A time will also be scheduled to meet with the presider of the liturgy to pray together and select readings and music for the funeral service.
According to diocesan guidelines, funeral Masses can be held on any day of the year except a Sunday, Holy Day, or during the Sacred Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday). The usual time for funerals at St. John Neumann is 10:00 AM.
If the family wishes, St. John Neumann will provide a gathering space for the family to have a luncheon immediately following the church or cemetery service. Families are responsible for their own catering.