Funerals

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A sad part of any parishes’ life is death, something we must all face. What follows is some information that you may find useful.

Your first contact may be with a Funeral Director, but in the sad event of someone dying, please contact Fr Neil as soon as possible.  (Only he or those in the parish office are aware of any other parish commitments.).

Please be aware The Catholic Church only administers the “Last Rites” to those still living.  If the person has already passed away then “Prayers for the dead” may be said – but not the Last Rites.

You may choose cremation or burial, both are permitted. Usually, Fr Neil will visit the family to discuss the arrangements for the funeral, hymns, readings and eulogy. We can provide an organist but we have limited facilities to play tape or cd music*. Usually Requiem masses are on a weekday at the time of the parish mass (see Home page) because this means the family can be supported in the mass by the usual weekday congregation, however other times may be possible.

Visiting clergy are always welcome.

You can choose to have “The Reception of the body” into the Church the night before the funeral.  This is a short service of prayer. You can choose to have a “Requiem Mass” in church, or a funeral service elsewhere.

* (however the Bishops of England & Wales have restricted the styles of music).