St. Joseph Church
A Catholic Community

11901 Acacia Ave.

Hawthorne, CA 90250

310.679.1139

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Funerals

The death of a loved one is a very difficult time for a family, but it can also be a time full of grace. Our Parish has a team of Priests and Parishioners who are prepared to assist you in this time of separation and grief. The following guidelines may help you in the preparation of a funeral.
 

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 Preparing for the Funeral Mass
To begin the funeral process, you will need to choose a mortuary - cemetery. Our Catholic mortuary - cemetery is:

   

Holy Cross Mortuary: (310) 836-5500 5835 W. Slauson Ave

Culver City, CA 90230.
There are also other local mortuaries available.

The Mortuary and Parish will coordinate the date and time of Mass which is usually Monday through Friday at 10:30 a.m. Once the date is set, the Mortuary will confirm with your family the Liturgy arrangements. One of our Parish Staff members will contact your family to schedule a meeting with one of our Priests.

Time of Mass and Parking
The Church parking lot is used as the school playground and is available for Parish use from 10:15 p.m. - 12:00 p.m. To accommodate your family, we recommend the 10:30 am Mass time. Other times are available but without the Church parking lot.

Meeting with our Priest
We recommend the family meet with one of our Priest so he can better understand the needs of your family. Meeting with one of our Priests is the first step in the healing process. During this meeting, you can ask any questions regarding the Liturgy.

Liturgy
Please notify our receptionist which readings you have chosen for Mass so our Liturgy team member can prepare accordingly. 

 

Music is not provided but is available upon request for a minimal stipend.

 

We can provide a hall if the family would like to host a reception after Mass. Availability is limited, but the Parish will do our best to accommodate you and your family. The family is responsible for all set-up and clean up. For more information, please read our Funeral Reception Hall Request Form that you can get at the Parish Center.

 Vigil (Viewing)
Our Parish can provide a Deacon or a lay member of our Parish community to minister at the Vigil Service only if it is in a mortuary. 

Donation
The Parish has no fixed fee for funerals, although families usually donate between $150 - $300. An envelope will be provided to your family if you would like to make a donation. At times, the mortuary may include a donation to the Church in your contract. When confirming your contract, please check what ‘Church donation’ means.