The sadness of death should give way in our liturgy to the promise of resurrected life. Our celebration of a person’s life should reflect our conviction that in Jesus Christ we have life beyond life.
St. Paul on the Lake offers its parishioners and friends the complete rites as a means of consolation for the living and grace-filled assistance for the deceased. These rites, which may include a funeral Mass, memorial, and the possibility of a vigil in a funeral home, are most properly celebrated in the parish church of the deceased, in the presence of their faith community.
My loved one has been cremated. Can I still arrange a Catholic burial?
All remains are treated with the same honor. The Church takes very seriously its responsibility to offer corporal works of mercy. We can offer a niche in our Columbarium where the cremated remains may be placed for eternity. Inurnments at the Columbarium for cremated remains can take place at the end of a funeral service or as a separate prayer service of inurnment if the funeral has already taken place.
When can funerals be scheduled?
Funerals are normally held Monday through Saturday at either 10:00 am or 12:00 pm, depending on clergy and church availability. “In state” is normally held in the Gathering Space, at the back of the church, thirty (30) minutes prior to the Mass or memorial service (e.g., 9:30 am or 11:30 am). A vigil is normally held the afternoon or evening before, at a funeral home.
We would like to send/deliver flowers for an upcoming funeral. What are the parish requirements?
- Flowers may be delivered before the “in state” portion of the funeral.
- Florists are not to place flowers on surfaces covered by altar linens and care should be taken that water is not spilled on altars or floors.
- Plastic or other shields should be set under wet vases.
- No arrangements may be placed on communion rails, pillars, or stands in any of the aisles.
- If existing flowers or arrangements set up at St. Paul will be moved to accommodate funeral arrangements, the florist (or a designated person) must return the original flowers or arrangements to the same location before leaving the church.
Where can we set up photos of our deceased loved one?
One or two photos may be displayed in the Gathering Space only; photos cannot be placed in the church itself. Lecterns are also available for guest books.
Our loved one was cremated. Where can the cremains be placed during the Mass?
The table for the urn will be placed in the center aisle of the church. It is about 20 inches in diameter. A wreath or small arrangement of flowers may be placed on the table as well.
How do I schedule a funeral at St. Paul on the Lake?
The first step to take when planning a funeral liturgy is to consult one of our priests or speak with our Theresa Sommer. This may be done by contacting the Parish Office at 313.885.8855 x149. Additionally, the clergy person who will be conducting the funeral service would like to meet with a family member(s) in advance to discuss special memories or requests of the deceased.
I am interested in purchasing a niche in the St. Paul Columbarium. What should I do?
Please contact Theresa Sommer, Columbarium and Cemetery Coordinator, at 313.885.8855 x149, for information on niche availability and costs. Theresa is in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.