The sadness of death should give way in our liturgy to the promise of resurrected life. Our celebration of a person’s life should reflect our conviction that in Jesus Christ we have life beyond life.
St. Dominic’s is pleased to offer its parishioners and friends the complete rites as a means of consolation for the living and grace-filled assistance for the deceased. These rites, which include a funeral Mass and the possibility of a vigil in the church or funeral home, are most properly celebrated in the parish church of the deceased, in the presence of their faith community.
All remains are treated with the same honor; and the Church takes very seriously its responsibility to offer corporal works of mercy. We are now able to offer a niche in our Columbarium where the cremated remains may be placed for eternity. Inurnments at the Columbarium for cremated remains can take place at the end of a funeral service or as a separate prayer service of inurnment if the funeral has already taken place.
Funerals at St. Dominic’s are therefore limited to Catholic parishioners and to those with significant ties to the parish.
Funerals are normally held at Tuesday to Saturday at times depending on clergy and church availability. A vigil is normally held the afternoon or evening before, at the church or at the funeral home.
The first step to take when planning a funeral liturgy is to consult one of our Dominican Priests. This may be done by contacting the main office at (415) 567-7824.