Funeral Mass Planning


This policy is a temporary response to the present Covid-19 pandemic. As a pro-life community, we need to be proactive concerning the health and welfare of all who come to our churches. Families who wish to have a funeral liturgy at our parish must abide by the following guidelines. 

The maximum number of people attending the funeral Mass in church will be 25. If the committal is at St. Joseph's Cemetery the maximum number of people attending wil also be 25. Presently during the winter(December 1st. - May 1st) the committal prayers will be in the mausoleum.

Masks are to be worn upon entering the church and are to be removed only to receive Holy Communion. 

People are to sit in the designated pews only Pews that are roped off are to remain roped off and the ropes are not to be removed

Social distancing is to be maintained. Family members who live in the same household may sit together in the same pew. Family and friends who do not live in the same household are to maintain a social distance of 6 feet. 

The Funeral Director and pall bearers will enter the church from the Main St.(St. Joseph's site) or Ellicott Street(St. Mary's site) doors. All others are to enter at the side entrance. At. St. Joseph Church that is the entrance by the church office. At. St. Mary's Church that is the entrance on the west side of the church, opposite of the parking lot. 

It is recommended that it be stated in the obituary that the Mass of Christian Burial and the Cemetery Committal will be private for a limited number of family and/or friends.

Thank you for your cooperation during these difficult times.

Funeral Planning Guide

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