The Church's reverence and care for the body grows out of a reverence and concern for the person whom the Church now commends to the care of God. The Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of it's confident belief that death is not the end nor does it break the bonds forged in life. This is the body once washed in baptism, anointed with the oil of salvation, and fed with the bread of life. This is the body whose hands clothed the poor and embraced the sorrowing. (from USCCB website)
When dealing with a death, there are a lot of things that we do not think of until we have to go through this experience. The first step is to contact a funeral home. While you are with the funeral director, they will call the Church to set-up a date and time for the Funeral Mass. Once we get the information, Fr. Mike or Fr. Bill will contact you and walk you through the rest of the process.
It is always hard after we have lost a loved one. St. Mary's realizes that many times there is healing that needs to take place. We offer a Ministry of Consolation to those who have suffered a loss. To connect to this group, please see our Ministry of Consolation page.