Catholic Funeral in San Jose
Those living in and around San Jose who are looking for a Catholic cemetery can contact Catholic Cemeteries to learn more about our offerings. We are able to help you find a final resting place for your loved one and assist you in setting up Catholic funeral services that will honor their life and allow you to worship with your loved ones.
Catholic funeral services—an overview
The Catholic Church offers distinct occasions for common prayer at the time of funerals. The Order of Christian Funerals contains three clusters of Rites:
- The Vigil—A time to eulogize the deceased and pay any fraternal or civil tributes. This is also often referred to as a wake, and family and friends gather to remember the life of the person who has passed. They are also meant to be a time for comforting those who were close to that person.
- The Funeral Liturgy, and Final Commendation and Farewell—A Mass or liturgy in commemoration for the deceased. This service is typically held in a church building, and it serves the purpose of worshipping God as well as gathering together as a congregation.
- The Rite of Committal—Prayer and blessing of the body at the final resting place. This is also referred to as the interment, or the burial, and it is the last step in a Catholic funeral.
Consultation with your priest or parish minister can help determine your funeral selections, and we are here to assist you in any way we can. Learn more about the specifications for these Rites here, and feel free to reach out for clarification on any of them.
Funeral location and service
The Catholic Church has a set of specific guidelines for where the funeral can be held. While some religions allow services to be held in many locations, Catholic funerals are typically held in the deceased’s Catholic parish. They may also be held in the approved chapels of Catholic assisted living or care facilities. No Mass can be held at the cemetery or funeral home.
Throughout the service, no matter who is leading, laypeople may participate as readers, musicians, pallbearers, ushers, and in other usual roles. The music played at the Funeral Mass should be appropriate church music; popular or non-religious music is not appropriate. However, the family of the person who died may coordinate with the priest to have special or especially meaningful hymns, psalms, or readings included in the Mass. There are many different ways to personalize the service. Feel free to ask us for some choices if you aren’t sure what you’d like.
The Rite of Committal is the Catholic interment service, at which the body is finally buried or interred. The Rite of Committal may take place at a gravesite, mausoleum crypt or tomb, or columbarium (in the event that the body was cremated). Family and friends gather together with a priest or deacon to pray over the body one last time. In order to make the Catholic burial or interment site a sacred place for the deceased, the priest or deacon will bless the place before the body or remains are placed inside. After the site has been blessed, the body or remains will be committed to the earth. The priest or deacon will then recite more prayers, and then everyone will join in to say the Lord’s Prayer.
Part of the reason for interment is based in the faith of Catholicism. Burial is a sign of respect for both the person, and the religion. It signifies belief in the resurrection and the afterlife—a basic tenet of the Catholic faith. Gravesites and tombs are marked as a way for people to grieve, but they are also markers and testaments to the greater congregation of believers and the principles by which they live their lives. At Catholic Cemeteries we understand all of this, and offer our grounds as a special place for members of our community.
If you are trying to plan a San Jose, CA, funeral as a Catholic, we are here to assist you in any way we can. Please reach out to our office to schedule an appointment and we will sit down and walk you through all the details involved. We are a Catholic cemetery, and we have worked with many people to help plan services and find just the right location for a loved one’s final resting place.
If you have further inquiries regarding our Catholic Funerals, please contact us at 833-304-0763.