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.
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. 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 confirm all the details.
Time of Mass
To accommodate your family, we recommend the
10:30 a.m. Mass time. Other times are available.
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.
We ask that you please fill out a Liturgy form. You can submit this form once you have a confirmed date given by the mortuary. The form can be filled out before or after your meeting with the Priest. We are doing indoor Mass if you think less than 75 people will attend Mass. If more than 75 people will attend, then Mass will be outdoors.
Rite of Committal
A Sacramental is the invocation of God through anyone baptized. This means that the grace put forth by God is more dependent on the disposition of the person performing an act. The Rite of Committal is the family’s time to pray in faith and give their final prayers before internment. A baptized family representative leads these prayers. The Parish will provide the text to the Rite of Committal and Holy Water.
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.
COVID Funeral Assistance
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. FEMA is dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.
To learn more click here.