Who assists with Funeral preparations?
The funeral rites are planned in coordination with the family of the deceased, a Bereavement Minister and normally a Funeral Home.
Does the Church recommend a Funeral Mass?
Yes, a celebration of the Mass is strongly encouraged for any Catholic who has died, even though the family may not be Catholic.
Are there times when a Mass would not be appropriate?
Yes, if a person was not a Catholic or not a practicing Catholic, a graveside service might be more appropriate. The Bereavement Minister can help with this decision.
Can a non-Catholic spouse have a Funeral Mass from a Catholic Church?
Yes, if the non-Catholic did not have a church of his/her own and the Catholic family member requests it, the funeral, including the Mass can be celebrated.
Can I choose the Scripture readings or does the Church choose them?
The family is encouraged to select the readings from Sacred Scripture with the assistance of the Minister of Bereavement.
Can I choose the hymns for the Vigil Service and/or the Mass?
The family is required to meet with their Bereavement Minister to plan all music. Please be aware that there are a fixed number of liturgical texts at a funeral Mass, which affect the songs. Also, note that recorded music or secular music cannot be used at Mass.
What times are available for funerals?
St. Norbert Parish will make every effort to set a funeral time convenient for your family; however, the Church can be very busy. Weekday funerals normally take place at 10:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. Funeral Masses cannot take place on Sunday. The graveside burial hours may also impact the funeral mass time.
If there is no visitation the evening before, may we have visitation one hour before the funeral?
A morning viewing/wake in the Church immediately prior to the funeral is permitted at St. Norbert. The Pastor will make every effort to be present for the wake.
Can I have friends and family members offer a eulogy?
Words of remembrance may be permitted before the mass begins.
If my family member wants to donate his/her body to science, what do we need to know?
The Church looks upon donation of organs as a commendable and meritorious act, as well as a donation of one’s body. A Funeral Mass may take place in the presence of the body (before donation to science); otherwise, if the body is not present, a Memorial Mass is celebrated.
Does the Catholic Church allow cremation?
Yes, the Church permits cremation, but the Church still prefers burial or entombment of the deceased. The cremains are as sacred as the body and should be interred in a Catholic Cemetery.
Who will perform the Service?
The Pastor, Associate Pastor or a Residence Priest.
May I request a priest from another parish celebrate my funeral?
Yes, visiting priests are welcome at St. Norbert within Archdiocesan regulations
Who may have their funeral at St. Norbert?
Generally, only parishioners may have their funerals at St. Norbert Parish. Under special circumstances, a request to allow a funeral for a non-parishioner may be considered the by Pastor of St. Norbert.
What is the customary donation to the Church?
It is highly commendable to make a donation to the Church for use of the Church for funerals. These donations help offset costs incurred by the parish for facility usage and staff. The recommended donation is $250. There are also fees involved for the use of parish musicians. The customary fee for organist and cantor is $150 each.