Our Deepest Sympathy…

Death is a profound mystery that involves us in many different emotions. As Roman Catholics, we instinctively turn to the Word of God for truth and consolation at such times. We look to Jesus who tells us: “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25) We turn to the same Lord who has gone to prepare a place for us and who tells us that he is our Good Shepherd who knows each of us by name.


As a parish, we are very ready to assist you in these preparations. Please contact us as soon as convenient for you.  Catholic funeral rites are celebrations that enable the Christian community to mourn as well as to hope by focusing on the mystery of the death and resurrection of Christ. We are praying for the eternal salvation of our deceased even as we give thanks for the life of that person and how they reflected the image and likeness of God to us. In addition, we are also allowing the Lord to minister to us who are bereaved, confident in the truth of his promise to be with us wherever two or three are gathered in his name.

The funeral ritual is made up of three principal parts to which the Holy Spirit has led the Church in their helpfulness to the bereaved: the Vigil for the Deceased, the funeral Mass, and the Rite of Committal. The Vigil for the Deceased, also known as the wake/visitation/viewing, is a time for the Christian community to keep watch with the family in prayer to the God of mercy. In the funeral Mass, ordinarily the central element of Catholic funeral rites, the Church most perfectly expresses her communion with those who have died. The Rite of Committal (internment) is the final act of the community of faith in caring for the body of the deceased, expressing the hope that, marked with the sign of faith, the deceased awaits the glory of the resurrection.

As a parish, we are very ready to assist you in these preparations. Please contact our office (760)744-1540 as soon as convenient for you.

Click here for more detailed funeral guidelines: St. Mark’s Funeral Guidelines