“The Church through its funeral rites
commends the dead to God’s merciful love
and pleads for the forgiveness of their sins…
[and] brings hope and consolation to the living.”
– General Introduction to the Order of Christian Funerals, nos. 6-7
The staff at St. Joseph's will assist you in every way in planning the funeral for your loved one. Our Funeral Planning Guide will help you choose appropriate readings and music, and a meeting with the pastor or a member of the staff will help you complete the liturgy planning process. You may also choose to have visitation at the church prior to the Mass. St. Joseph's Hughes Hall is available (schedule permitting) as a way of expressing our support in your time of sorrow.
Please contact the Parish Office as soon as possible after the death of your loved one so that we may help you during your time of sorrow. One of the first steps for a Roman Catholic is to contact a priest so that last rites can be administered. The standard procedure for a funeral at St. Joseph Church is that a funeral director work with parish staff to set up the details of the visitation, funeral Mass or liturgy, luncheon and interment. Normally the procedure is that, after news of death, the funeral home is contacted first. The funeral home will then contact the Parish Office to determine possible times and dates for a funeral Mass/Liturgy. The family will meet with the funeral director. Family members should then contact the Parish Office (330-274-2253) to arrange for a meeting with the priest or pastoral minister to help choose scripture readings, hymns, and other details of the funeral liturgy.
Funeral Planning Steps
Contact Parish to notify of death
Set up meeting with funeral home director to make arrangements
Choose Readings (one Old Testament, one New Testament, Gospel) & possible readers
Choose Music (Opening Song, Responsorial Psalm, Preparation Song, Communion Song, Processional or Closing Song)
Choose people to bring up gifts at Communion time
Decide if someone will say Remarks of Remembrance
Plan luncheon or reception arrangements