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The Catholic Church sees the death of a Christian as the end of the earthly pilgrimage and the beginning of a new and eternal life with God. The rites of the Church reflect this belief. These rites aim to assist the dead with prayers of the Church for their eternal salvation in Jesus Christ and to aid the family and friends of the deceased in their time of loss and sorrow with a message of hope and consolation in Jesus Christ.

Please accept our sincere condolences if you are now planning a funeral because you recently lost a loved one. If you are planning in advance for yourself, for your wishes to be known, we welcome you.

The death of a loved one is a difficult time for families. Please know that we are here to help and support you during your loss. At Saint Denis, our commitment is to assist the family of the deceased in preparing a meaningful liturgy as we turn to God in faith for the reward of eternal life for those who believe in and lived for God in this life and to pray to God for the healing and consolation of those who mourn.

We assist families in planning the Funeral Mass and suggest ways for family and friends to be personally involved. The following information is meant to inform you of what you must do to plan a Mass of Christian Burial. We will guide you in developing these plans and make this journey of hope and thanksgiving with you.

Making Your Wishes Known

Planning Form – A planning form is available to print for your convenience. The form provides a place for you to record your wishes for your funeral if you so choose to do so in advance of your own funeral. The form may be brought to the parish office to be placed on file. Please leave a copy of this form with your other personal items. Take the time to share what you want for your Catholic funeral with family members now so they are aware of your funeral arrangements.