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Funeral & Memorial Masses

The loss of a loved one is a painful and confusing time. The Funeral Ministry team and faith community of St. John XXIII is here to offer our prayers, condolences, and spiritual support during this difficult time of sorrow and loss. There are many decisions to be made as you prepare for the Funeral Mass. After contacting the Funeral Home, please call our parish office at 239-561-2245 and we will help to gently guide you.

Funerals are usually scheduled weekdays at 10:00 AM. Alternative times may be arranged depending on the availability of our priests. Once we receive your call, our staff will arrange for you to meet with a member of our Funeral Ministry team, and if possible, the priest who will be presiding the Funeral or Memorial Mass. At this meeting you will be assisted with the utmost compassion in making reading selections and other important decisions necessary for the celebration of your loved ones Funeral or Memorial Mass.

Ceremonial Differences Between a Funeral and Memorial Mass

The Funeral Mass is celebrated in the presence of the deceased’s body or cremated remains. If the choice to cremate a body has been made, the Catholic Church states the cremated remains should either be buried or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium. A Memorial Mass is celebrated without the remains of the deceased present. The intention of the two ceremonies is the same, minus the prayers or gestures that presume the presence of the deceased’s remains.

The order of the Funeral Mass includes the Introductory Rites, Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of the Eucharist, and the Final Commendation.

For assistance in planning or pre-planning a Funeral Mass, or to inquire about purchasing a plot in our Memorial Garden for the burial of cremated remains, please call the parish office at 239-561-2245.