Catholic Understanding of Funerals
"Because of our belief not only in the immortality of the soul, but also in the resurrection of the body, the Church professes hope in the face of death, and acts with charity in the funeral rites. The Church provides a number of prayers for the faithful to offer both to accompany the dying of a loved one and to strengthen our faith upon their death. Through private prayer and public funeral rites, we strengthen our faith and hope, comfort those who mourn, and bury the bodily remains of the deceased with care befitting what was the Temple of the Holy Spirit."
(US Conference of Catholic Bishops)
Funerals at St. Joseph
Please contact the parish office before speaking with a funeral home. Please call the parish office at (360) 696-4407. They will get you in contact with a member of the Funeral Planning Team who will help with the details of the Mass. A luncheon after the service is also available.