It is no longer the policy of the Catholic Church to prohibit cremation. According to the wishes of the deceased or the surviving family, cremation is certainly permitted; however, cremains should be buried right after the funeral. If cremation is desired, it is recommended that it occur after the funeral service. However, cremation may occur prior to the funeral; it is acceptable to place the urn of cremated remains in a prominent place in the church
Costs Related to the Funeral Mass
Because we do incur expenses associated with funerals, we have established the following fees: $300 for musicians (this pays both the cantor and the organist); and $100 for use of the church for the funeral service. Additionally, you may inquire about customary donation amounts for the priest and/or deacon celebrants.
Repast or Post-Funeral Reception
The Parish Center, located on St. Joseph’s property is available after the funeral or burial for a repast or post-funeral reception. The Parish Center will accommodate approximately 320 people. Please inquire about additional costs for use of the Parish Center.