Although the Church recommends that the custom of burying the dead be observed, assuming proper motives, cremation is permissible. It is essential that cremation is not chosen in denial of the resurrection of the body. Most importantly, cremated remains must be treated with the same respect as a body. The ashes must be buried, not scattered, nor may the family keep the urn of ashes as a memorial in the home.
Family and friends usually leave donations in small envelopes (provided by the funeral home) to be used as memorials or stipends for Masses for the deceased. Please follow these policies when disposing of the monies collected:
All practicing Catholics have a right to a funeral and burial according to the Rites of the Church. By practicing Catholic is meant someone who has: