Dealing with the pain of losing a loved one is a difficult thing, but the Catholic funeral liturgy and traditions offer great comfort when confronting the death of a loved one. In the Catholic funeral, not only is comfort offered to those in mourning, but also, prayers are offered for the deceased. “Though separated from the living, the dead are still at one with the community of believers on earth and benefit from their prayers and intercessions.” (Order of Christian Funerals, no. 6)
When making arrangements after a loved one has passed, the best place to begin is to choose and contact a mortuary or funeral home of your choice. They will help to assist making sure all neccessary arrangements are coordinated properly between themselves, the Church and the Cemetery. At your meeting with the mortuary, they will contact us to secure the arragnements for the funeral Mass.
Once all the arrangements have been made with the morturary and cemetery, we will call you to set up a meeting with one of our Funeral Coordinators to help you to plan the Funeral Mass for your loved one.
We understand that this is a difficult time and trying to make all the neccessary arrangements can seem very confusing and feel a bit overwhelming. If for any reason you need assistance, please call the parish office as we are happy to help in any way we can 602-242-1300.
Ss. Simon & Jude Cathedral has a bereavement group to provide assistance with a funeral reception following the Committal, if one is so desired by the family. Once the funeral arrangements have been made, someone from the bereavement group will contact the family to offer their assistance.
A lovely way to remember someone who’s deceased, or to remember someone’s special intentions, is to arrange for the Mass to be offered. Contact the parish office directly to determine date and time (they fill up often a year in advance). You’ll receive a beautiful Mass card to send to those you’re remembering. Ordinarily, there is a donation of $10.