Our faith tells us that death is not the end, and that Jesus has gone before us to prepare a place for us by his side in heaven. Still, saying Good-bye to someone we love is a sad and difficult time. In order to help us with all the practical decisions that must be faced, this page is offered as a source of information to help prepare us for the many choices that must be dealt with.
Your FIRST call should be to the Parish office to contact one of our priests.
No matter what your situation is, even if you have been away from the Church, even if the death is a suicide, even if you are Catholic and the family member who is dying or has died is not, St. Stephen Catholic Community is here to see you through this time.
Some services offered by the parish community:
- You may hold both the Wake Service (or visitation) and the Funeral Service in our Chapel or Church.
- Facilities and volunteers are available for a reception after the services.
- Our compassionate and experienced St. Stephen Funeral Coordinator will assist you throughout the planning and services.
Burial in a casket and cremation are both acceptable for Catholic funerals. The choice is entirely up to you. You do not need to purchase a casket for direct cremation.
Above all, please be aware that our prayers are with you at this time.