in the times of adversity; cling to God and forsake him not…he will
a family member passes away, we who are left behind can be
overwhelmed by the number of tasks to perform. The Consolation
Ministry provides guidance in preparing for the Vigil, the Funeral
Mass, and Committal – the rites that the Church offers. The family
of a deceased parishioner is given the opportunity to choose the
scripture readings, to choose appropriate music, and to participate
in the liturgies as lectors, bringing forth the gifts, and sharing a
family remembrance. Periodically, the Consolation Ministry
holds a Service of Remembrance – a time of prayer and honoring the
memory of those who have gone before us.
Terrie McGraw –
916 482-9666 ext.
Q. What do
I do first?
Call the parish office (916 482-9666 ext. 212) to begin the process of planning a
funeral service. Initial information and scheduling is done at
this time. If possible, we will set up a time for you to meet
with the priest and the Consolation Minister to go over the details.
Q. How is
the funeral home involved?
We work closely with funeral homes to ensure that all things run
smoothly. They are often the first to contact the Church and
offer additional help in planning the service and burial.
cremation allowed in the Catholic Church?
The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same
respect given to the human body from which they come. This includes
the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which
they are carried, the care and attention to appropriate placement
and transport, and the final disposition. The cremated remains
should be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or
columbarium. (Order of Christian Funerals, #417.)
Q. How am
I involved in the planning?
The funeral rites of the Catholic Church involve many pieces where
the family may participate. Together with the priest and
consolation minister, we will guide you through the process.
It is important to hear from you about the life of your loved-one.
The family often has input regarding the readings and music within
the recommended guidelines. Together, we will ensure that the
service is appropriate and beautiful.
Q. Do you
provide music for the service?
Yes, we have several musicians at St. Ignatius who are available to
help. We are happy to make the contact for you. Musicians are
normally paid by the family of the deceased.