Churches are places of celebration, but also places where sorrow may be expressed and grief shared, for the comfort of those who are saddened by the ending of this present life. Funerals are an opportunity to give thanks for the life of the deceased, to show our love for each other, and to commend the departed to the love and mercy of God.
The death of a loved one is a difficult time, and the Church can offer support and advice, and in particular a funeral service either in church or at a crematorium. Saint Michael & All Angels is here to serve those who live in the parish, and you are very welcome to request a funeral at St Michael’s even if you have no prior connection. One of the clergy will visit you to talk through the service and other options you may have to consider.
In usual circumstances, your undertakers will contact the Parish Office to co-ordinate a time and date, but it is essential that this is done at the earliest opportunity, and that details are not fixed before speaking to the clergy and the office.
Memorial services, taking place some months after the funeral, also often take place at St Michael’s.
It is also possible to request a Requiem Mass (a service to pray for the departed) for the funeral itself, sometime afterwards, or on the anniversary of death. We pray for the departed at every Mass, and if you would like the name of your loved one added to our annual prayer cycle, then please contact the Parish Office who will add the name to our records.