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I am the resurrection
and the life. 
Whoever believes in me, 
though he die, yet shall he live"

Continuing the Spiritual Journey After Death.

The final step in life is one many are not prepared for luckily we are. Death is a time for mourning, reliving those memories, forgiveness, and most importantly preparing the soul for its ascendance into heaven. St. Thomas More Catholic Church is here to help guide you through this difficult last step in the process of life.

 
Step-by-Step
Funeral Service.

St. Thomas More Church is here for you. 
We aim to have the holiest Catholic Funeral for the departed. This step-by-step guide takes you 
through the process of arranging a funeral with us. We will be here every step of the way, and ensure your loved one gets the Christian funeral they deserve.

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As a Catholic, may I be cremated?


A: Yes. In May, 1963, the Vatican lifted the prohibition forbidding Catholics to choose cremation.




Do I need to ask permission to be cremated?


A: No, but it is a good idea to discuss your reasons with your pastor or other parish minister.




What is cremation?


A: The body is enclosed in an acceptable rigid container or casket and is placed in the cremation chamber. Through heat and evaporation, the body is reduced to its basic elements which are referred to as cremated remains. The cremated remains are placed in a permanent container or urn. An urn serves the same purpose after cremation that a casket does with burial. A final resting place may then be selected for the urn




What funeral rites are celebrated when a person is cremated?


A: All the usual rites which are celebrated with the body present may also be celebrated in the presence of the cremated remains. The rituals that may be celebrated are: prayers after death, gathering in the presence of the body, vigil for the deceased, Funeral Mass, Funeral Liturgy outside of Mass, and the Rite of Committal. During the liturgies, the cremated remains are treated with the same dignity and respect traditionally afforded the full body in a casket.




Is it necessary to purchase a casket?


A: No. The only thing required is a simple container in which the body can be transported and placed in the cremation chamber. St. Thomas More Church accepts urns, boxes, or any respectable container that can hold the ashes with honor and respect.





 
Memorial Services
Saying Goodbye

A funeral isn’t the final place in remembering the ones we lose. For they may have departed from the physical world, their presence still remains with us spiritually. Thus, pay homage to your loved ones in form of memorials and dedications. St. Thomas More Catholic Church offers many options for you to give them an honorable memorial. We provide memorial mass services, mass intentions, prayers of the faithful, dedication through vestment and chalices, and engravings amongst our many gardens.

Memorial Mass

Scheduled Mass
Intention - $20

Receive a mass card and dedicate a mass to a loved one, visit the Parish Office to select a date.

Unscheduled Mass
Intention - $20

Receive a mass card, and your loved one will be honored in our weekly bulletin and website. Pastor Harris and Father Vargas will pray for them.

Church Candles

Sanctuary Lamps

Sanctuary Lamp - $75

Dedicate a lamp to a loved one where it will be displayed on the front altar of the church, and blessed by Pastor Harris and Father Vargas.

St. Peregrine Shrine Votive Lamp - $75

This lamp is to be dedicated to cancer victims and fighters. The lamp will be lit for the week it is purchased for at the St. Peregrine Shrine. Visit the Parish Office to select a date.​

Prayers of Faithful

In Mass Prayer

Place the name of a recently departed or a loved one going through sickness in our Great Amen prayer during the Holy Eucharist. Call the parish office for more information.

Praying

Sanctuary Flowers

Sanctuary Flowers - $150

Dedicate a bundle of flowers to a loved one. They will be placed on the front altar of the church for the entire week. Pastor Harris and Father Vargas will bless the flowers and pray for your loved one.

Light Pink Roses
 
Music & Readings

A funeral is a celebration of life; music and bible readings help elevate the celebration by worshipping God and honoring the departed. Our choir and clergy have various songs and bible readings available for your selection. Remember that each piece should respect and honor your loved one and of course show the Lord the power of your faith.

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Catholic Cremation

“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, and 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. The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires.” (no. 417)

St. Thomas More Church is here to host funerals for the cremated. For further details on the process of the mass, please contact the front office. Here are a few common questions many ask in regards to Catholic Cremation.

Frequently asked questions

As a Catholic, may I be cremated?


A: Yes. In May, 1963, the Vatican lifted the prohibition forbidding Catholics to choose cremation.




Do I need to ask permission to be cremated?


A: No, but it is a good idea to discuss your reasons with your pastor or other parish minister.




What is cremation?


A: The body is enclosed in an acceptable rigid container or casket and is placed in the cremation chamber. Through heat and evaporation, the body is reduced to its basic elements which are referred to as cremated remains. The cremated remains are placed in a permanent container or urn. An urn serves the same purpose after cremation that a casket does with burial. A final resting place may then be selected for the urn




What funeral rites are celebrated when a person is cremated?


A: All the usual rites which are celebrated with the body present may also be celebrated in the presence of the cremated remains. The rituals that may be celebrated are: prayers after death, gathering in the presence of the body, vigil for the deceased, Funeral Mass, Funeral Liturgy outside of Mass, and the Rite of Committal. During the liturgies, the cremated remains are treated with the same dignity and respect traditionally afforded the full body in a casket.




Is it necessary to purchase a casket?


A: No. The only thing required is a simple container in which the body can be transported and placed in the cremation chamber. St. Thomas More Church accepts urns, boxes, or any respectable container that can hold the ashes with honor and respect.





Do you want  your loved one to be remembered forever in our church?

We have a number of Gardens that you can have your loved one engraved and remembered forever:

  • Saint Padre Pio

  • Grotto of the Blessed Mother

  • Saint Peregrine

  • Blessed Mother with Child

  • St. Francis Memorial Garden

  • St. Benedict

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Church Dedications

You can purchase an Unscheduled Mass Intention or Sanctuary Flowers and/or Lamp dedications for any family, friend or loved one. 

Do you have any questions?

Call our parish office at (561) 737-3095 or email us at funerals@stmbb.org

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