A Catholic funeral is available for any deceased parishioner. A funeral may be celebrated in our parish churches, or in any other suitable place such as a chapel of an aged-care facility, the chapel of a funeral company, or at the graveside.
The family or other person organising a funeral can choose a Funeral Mass or a Funeral Service. The Funeral Mass can only be celebrated in our parish churches. A Funeral Service can be celebrated in our churches, or in the other suitable places.
Our experience is that there may need to be negotiation between the family, the parish and the priest, and the funeral director, to find a time that is convenient for all.
Other Masses for the Dead
A Mass for the Dead may also be celebrated on receiving news of a death, for the final burial, or the first anniversary, or at other suitable times. In November, we also remember all our deceased families and parishioners at Masses on 2 November, All Souls Day.
Traditionally, November is a special time to pray for our dead. “Because of Christ, Christian death has a positive meaning. The Christian vision of death receives privileged expression in the liturgy of the Church: ‘Indeed for your faithful, Lord, life is changed not ended, and, when this earthly dwelling turns to dust, an eternal dwelling is made ready for them in heaven.’” [Instruction Ad resurgendum cum Christo 2016]. When requested, your parish priest can celebrate Mass for a deceased person or persons as a “November Mass”. If you wish to make an offering for such a Mass, envelopes are available from our parish office.
Our Lefevre Catholic Community has established a Columbarium adjacent to the Our Lady of the Visitation Church at Taperoo. Families may wish to purchase a right of immurement, to place the ashes of deceased family. Please contact our parish office for information about purchasing a right of immurement. The Columbarium is regulated by the Burial and Cremation Act 2013, and by Catholic Church rules, and it is a legal requirement that you receive the correct documentation.
In some cultures, there is a tradition of celebrating a Mass one month or one year after a death. Parishioners who desire to celebrate a Mind Mass can contact the parish office to ensure that the church and the parish priest are available.
Parishioners may choose to gather at a regular Mass on or close to the date of an anniversary. If given notice, the priest celebrating the Mass can include the names of deceased persons in the prayers. Parishioners may also ask that the names of recently deceased persons, or those with anniversaries, can be included in our parish newsletter. Please contact the parish office to do this. Please do not include the names of deceased persons unless you have the permission of their family.