If you wish for a funeral at St Chad's, or wish one of the clergy from here to perform the funeral rites elsewhere first contact your Funeral Director and then he will contact us. He will help you through many of the stages of the funeral, but please remember that the funeral service is directed by the priest following the Church's Rites.
It is highly recommended that the body of the deceased is brought to church for a Requiem Mass on the morning of the burial or cremation. The body may be brought to church the evening before, when a short service takes place, the rosary recited and confession are heard.
If for some reason the body is not to brought to the church, then a Requiem Mass will be celebrated for the deceased as soon as possible afterwards. Please try and come to this, where the parish community will be gathered to help you and deceased with their prayers. The parish Confraternity of Mary Sorrowing is particularly blessed with this loving work of assisting the dead and their loved ones.
Please remember that after a cremation the ashes of the deceased are to be buried not scattered. They may be buried in the church garden. A priest will be very happy to come and bury ashes anywhere else or bless a gravestone at the cemetery.
There is an annual Mass in November for all who been buried from our church in the past year.
To learn more about death and dying please visit this website The Art of Dying Well