Contact:

At the time of death, the family notifies the Funeral Home.

The Funeral Director notifies St. Athanasius Parish Office at 502-969-3332 (Monday-Friday).

The Funeral Director will help to coordinate the scheduling of services at the Church, Funeral Home, and the Cemetery.

Contact person: Cheryl or the secretary at the Parish Office

After Office Hours Contact: Cheryl on her cell 937-477-7589 (please text before you call)

Emergency Contact: 502-552-2859 (please text before you call)

Our Bereavement Minister, Mary Elizabeth, will contact the family to schedule time to review the Mass scheduling, determine music, reading, food options, and to schedule Vigil and Body Transfer. Fr. Minh will also meet with the family at that time. At the bottom of the page is a link of our Funeral Readings, Funeral Music Selections, and Funeral Details Planning Sheet.

Planning

Family members are invited to take an active role in planning the funeral liturgy. Planning may include selection of readings for the Mass and suggestions for music. A planning worksheet, suggestions for music, and options for readings may be found below.

Ministries

Normally, family members or friends place the pall over the casket during the Introductory Rites and present the gifts of bread and wine during the Preparation of the Table and Gifts. In addition, family members or friends may serve as lectors. St. Athanasius parishioners or staff will serve as altar servers as well as ministers of music and hospitality.

Cremation

Although the Catholic Church recommends that the body of the deceased be present for the funeral liturgy, cremation is permitted either before or after the funeral liturgy. When the funeral liturgy is celebrated in the presence of the cremated remains, the cremated remains are to be treated with the same reverence as the human body.

Before the funeral Mass, a worthy vessel containing the cremated remains is carried with reverence into the church and placed on a stand or table in the place usually occupied by the coffin. The funeral Mass begins with the sprinkling of holy water and concludes with the rite of commendation. After the funeral liturgy, the cremated remains should be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium.

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