We understand that the death of a loved one may be the most challenging experience you've had to endure.  St. Mary's offers funeral services to those who wish to say goodbye to their loved one in a solemn, reflective, and prayerful fashion.   Funerals can be arranged by contacting the Parish office  via email, phone or a visit to the office itself.  

Key points from the Australian Bishop's Conference Publication, Ad resurgendum cum Christo: ‘To rise with Christ’ :

  • States the Church’s preference for burial of the remains of the faithful 

  • Because of Christ, Christian death has a positive meaning. The Christian vision of death receives privileged expression in the liturgy of the Church: ‘Indeed for your faithful, Lord, life is changed not ended, and, when this earthly dwelling turns to dust, an eternal dwelling is made ready for them in heaven’. 

  • Following Christian tradition, the Church recommends that the bodies of the deceased be buried in cemeteries or other sacred places 

  • Burial is above all the most fitting way to express faith and hope in the resurrection of the body 

  • By burying the bodies of the faithful, the Church confirms her faith in the resurrection of the body, and intends to show the great dignity of the human body as an integral part of the human person whose body forms part of their identity 

  • Through the practice of burying the dead in cemeteries, in dedicated spaces within church buildings or their environs, Christian tradition has upheld the relationship between the living and the dead and has opposed any tendency to minimise, or relegate to the private sphere, the event of death and the meaning it has for Christians

  • The Church raises no doctrinal objections to the practice of cremation

  • The ashes of the faithful must be laid to rest in a sacred place, that is, in a cemetery or in dedicated spaces within church buildings or their environs

  • This ensures they are not excluded from the prayers and remembrance of their family or the Christian community

  • Conservation of the ashes in a private residence is not permitted

  • Out of respect for the integrity and sacredness of both body and ashes, scattering or dividing ashes among family members is not favoured

For more information contact the Parish

This material was prepared by Elizabeth Delaney sgs, Information Officer, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference with thanks to Catholic Ireland for the use of their content. The material may be reproduced for non-commercial use provided this notice is included. Copyright © 

St. Mary's Church

2 Toolamba Rd, Mooroopna VIC 3629

Phone: (03) 5825 2034

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