~ How we can help you at your time of loss:
Planning a funeral can be an extremely stressful and emotional time, so making the planning process as smooth as possible is what we want to do for you here at St. Vincent Pallotti Parish. We will guide you through the Funeral Mass and help you make choices about what readings, prayers and hymns can be used. It is a time for family members to participate, if they’d like, and share in being part of the Funeral Mass.
We know at this time of loss that it is hard to make decisions and your thoughts are elsewhere. We are here to help you with the planning so that on the day of the funeral mass it is comforting and less stressful for you and your loved ones. Once you have contacted the Funeral Home, they will contact the Parish Office and plans can begin for the Christian Burial of your loved one.
These forms are listed here for your convenience to use as guidelines.
Please call Annette at the Parish Office at 734-285-9840, ext. 108 and schedule an appointment to go over the information in person, over the phone, or email the completed Funeral Information Sheet to Annette at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
~ Can we have a eulogy?
Directives from Archbishop Vigneron, from the Archdiocese of Detroit, has stated that a eulogy is not allowed during the Funeral Liturgy at the church. Family or friends are invited to share such a testimony at the Vigil (funeral home) or at the memorial luncheon or reception that often follows the funeral. For more questions and answers, see the next section below.
~ Frequently asked Questions and Answers and Directives from the Archdiocese of Detroit for Catholic Funerals
- Who can be buried from the Church?
- Can those who have died as a result of suicide be buried from the Church?
- May someone who has not been able to attend Church for a few years because of living in a nursing home still be buried from a parish church?
- Why does the Church not sacramentally anoint bodies after death?
- At the time of death, whom do we call to set things in motion?
- What are the funeral rites?
- Are Catholics allowed to be cremated?
- What Scripture readings are allowed?
- Who can read the readings at the Funeral Mass?
- What music is allowed?
- Can we have a eulogy?
- Are priests the only ones who can lead the Scripture service or the Cemetery service?
- What do we do with the cremated remains after the funeral?
- Can we plan our funeral arrangements months or years in advance?
- What is the difference between a Funeral Mass and a Memorial Mass?
- Are Funeral Masses allowed in funeral homes?
- Why can’t we schedule the funeral in the parish when we want it?
- Are there some days were funerals are not allowed by the Church?
- Is there a fee to the church?
- Why are we encouraged to pray for the dead?
~ Funeral Luncheon Ministry
We are blessed here at St. Vincent Pallotti Parish to have so many people volunteering to help with this ministry. It is an important ministry to the parish and to the families. This team not only provides the hospitality, but supports the loved ones in their time of need and bereavement.
The family of the deceased can make the request to the office manager at the parish office to have a luncheon at the St. Joseph Church Hall. The Funeral Luncheon Coordinator will go over the pricing and hall availability with you.
“At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of Baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end, nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting Word of God and the Sacrament of the Eucharist.”
(Order of Christian Funerals, no. 4)