Funeral Planning

Dealing with the pain of losing a loved one is a difficult thing, but the Catholic funeral liturgy and traditions offer great comfort when confronting the death of a loved one. In the Catholic funeral, not only is comfort offered to those in mourning, but also, prayers are offered for the deceased. “Though separated from the living, the dead are still at one with the community of believers on earth and benefit from their prayers and intercessions.” (Order of Christian Funerals, no. 6)

When making arrangements after a loved one has died, the best place to begin is to choose and contact a mortuary or funeral home of your choice. They will help to assist making sure all necessary arrangements are coordinated properly between themselves, the Church, and the Cemetery. After your meeting with the funeral director, he/she will contact us to secure the arrangements for the funeral Mass.

Once all the arrangements have been made with the funeral home and cemetery, Sr. Angelina Giramma, M.P.F. will call the contact person to set up a meeting to help plan the Funeral Mass for your loved one. 

We understand that this is a difficult time and that trying to make all the necessary arrangements can seem very confusing and overwhelming.  If for any reason you need assistance, please call the Parish Office as we are happy to help in any way that we can: 401-942-1616.

St. Mark Church Eulogy Policy

The funeral liturgy focuses on Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection and the hope that we have to share in the rewards of Christ’s saving action. As such, eulogies or reflections on the life of the deceased are more appropriately shared with family and friends at the wake, committal, or collation and are not allowed within the funeral Mass.

For clarification, please read this article by Bishop Tobin.