The Catholic parishes in Waterloo welcome the opportunity to support and encourage Catholic families who are celebrating the life and mourning the death of a loved one.
When a family member dies, you may contact the parish directly. However, it is also possible to wait until you have met with the funeral director, who will consult with the parish about the time of the vigil service and funeral Mass. The funeral director may also schedule a time for family members to meet with the pastor or a member of the parish staff.
When family members meet with the pastor or parish staff they will have an opportunity to select the scripture readings, music and other arrangements they wish to incorporate into the vigil service or the funeral Mass. Family members will have an opportunity to talk about the loved one's life, so that important aspects about the person can be incorporated into the homily at the vigil or funeral Mass.
Parish facilities are usually available after the funeral if the family wishes to make arrangements for a luncheon.
In some parishes the vigil is conducted by a deacon or the pastoral associate. A deacon or parish staff member may also preside at the funeral service and burial if the family decides not to have a funeral Mass.
• For more information about arranging for a funeral, contact the parish office in the parish where you participate.
• Directory of Catholic Parishes in Waterloo
• What Every Catholic Needs to Know About Funerals
• Life After Life - What Catholics Believe
• How to Comfort A Grieving Friend