FUNERALS AT ST. IGNATIUS
"Be undisturbed in the times of adversity; cling to God and forsake him not…he will help you.” -Book of Sirach
When a family member passes away, we who are left behind can be overwhelmed by the number of tasks to perform. The Consolation Ministry at St. Ignatius 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.
Q. What do I do first?
A. Call the parish office (916 482-9666) 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?
A. 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.
Q. Is cremation allowed in the Catholic Church?
A. Yes. 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?
A. 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?
A. 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.