Guide to a Catholic Funeral at SJCC

It is difficult for anyone to face the death of a loved one. We are here to support and accompany you prayerfully and practically in your time of loss.  One of the most meaningful thins we can offer you is the Catholic funeral liturgy which is full of meaning, symbolism, comfort, and hope.

Losing a Loved One

At SJCC, we are here for you and your family throughout this difficult period including the days, weeks, and months that follow. 

If you need to speak to someone who can assist you in processing your grief, please contact our Stephen Ministers.   Stephen Ministers are laypeople, Christian men and women, who have been trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing difficult times.

Learn more at Stephen Ministry or contact them directly at 443.756.6153



Planning the Funeral Mass

 The Funeral Mass provides many choices of Scripture readings and music.  You will find those selections in this booklet for your review, starting on page 8.

You will be choosing the following:

You may also select family and friends to participate in the following ways:

  • Placing of the Pall on the Casket 2-4 people
  • Memorial Reflection 1-2 people
  • Mass Readings (First and Second Reading) 2 people
  • Prayers of the Faithful 1 person


Church Offering

An offering of $550.00 is requested, payable to Saint Joseph Catholic Community and given to the parish office or to the funeral director prior to the funeral.  This offering is for the use of the church facility and the services of cantor, accompanist, sacristan, custodial and communications staff. 

To make a payment, please click here.

Bereavement Hospitality Committee

The SJCC Bereavement Hospitality Committee is a volunteer ministry offering bereavement hospitality services for registered parishioners and their households.

The Bereavement Ministry offers complimentary space for a funeral reception, salads and desserts,  paper products, beverages, tablecloths, people to serve, set up and cleanup.

Contact the parish office at 443-920-9191 for more information.