Funerals and Burials at Saint Francis of Assisi Church
We have prepared these notes to give you help, guidelines and suggestions when preparing for funeral or burial arrangements for your loved one. We hope that these will help everything go smoothly at the Church and know that we are here to assist you. If you have lost a loved one, please accept the condolences of the Priests and staff of the Parish on your loss.
Traditionally the bodies of Catholics are buried, or entombed, but in recent years as cremation has become more popular in society, the Church now does allow cremation. Preferably the cremation should be done after a Funeral service in the Church. However because of expense some families opt to have the body cremated directly after death, and then the cremated remains or cremains are bought to the Church for the funeral or memorial liturgy. The cremains are then buried or entombed.
When someone dies, contact the funeral home or cremation service of your choice. They will assist and advise you. They will let you know what their charges are. There is a fee for the use of the Church for funerals, which helps maintain the Church, the priest’s salary and covers air conditioning etc. The Funeral Homes are normally aware of this charge and can add it to your bill with them so it comes out of the estate. To ensure a good Funeral liturgy it is our custom to have an organist and soloist to lead the music. There is a stipend for the organist which is included in the charge for the funeral service and your Funeral Home is also aware of this charge.
The garden area behind the Church is designated as a Memorial Garden, where cremated remains can be buried. There is certain paperwork that has to be completed and notarized before burial of cremains can take place. There is a charge for the burial which helps towards the maintenance of the Memorial Garden area and for the name of your deceased beloved one to be placed on the bronze plaque overlooking the Garden on the Church wall.
We know that sometimes family are in town only for a short time and arrangements need to be done quickly and we will try to accommodate your wishes as far as we can. There are however some guidelines that we have to follow with regard to readings, music and eulogies.
To discuss arrangements, please call the Parish Office at (941) 697-4899 who will begin the process in setting up funeral arrangements. For more information on volunteering for the Funeral Mass Preparation Ministry, please complete the Volunteer Information Request Form below.