Funeral Ministry

Ministry Leaders:

Pat Kosis, Coordinator of Funerals
Judy Barber, Reception Coordinator
Ernie Garcia, “Seasons of Hope” Bereavement Support Groups Facilitator

The death of a loved one is a stressful time. At St. Andrew’s we invite you to honor your loved one with a funeral service that will celebrate their life and help your family to mourn.

The following information is intended to be of help to you in planning a beautiful and dignified celebration. One of our Funeral Planning Ministers can assist you in this process. May God bless you and be with you in your time of grief. Please allow 72 hours for planning of funeral arrangements with the parish.

Frequent Questions

Steps in the planning process:

Donations & Fees:

Service Fee
Church $150
Priest at Mass $100
Deacon at Vigil & Committal $100
Deacon at Funeral Outside of Mass $100
Musicians and Singers $100 each
Receptions; need to ck. w/funeral coordinator $300

These are suggested honorariums. At times they are incorporated into paperwork by the Mortuary who collect them and pays them to the parish. For more information on funerals at St. Andrew’s; call or email Pat Kosis, 480-899-1990 X158; email

Must we do all three steps: a vigil, a Mass, and a committal?
While recommended, you may opt not to have a vigil, or to schedule the committal for another time or place.

Can the funeral be celebrated without a Mass?
Yes, in special circumstances a funeral service may be celebrated outside of Mass.

What does the Catholic Church say about cremation?
The Church permits cremation. The preference is that the cremation would occur after the funeral Mass, but it is also possible to have an urn containing the cremains present at mass rather than the deceased’s body.

What is the difference between a “vigil” and a “rosary”?
The Vigil Service is an official rite of the Church. In the past, the vigil (or wake) consisted primarily of a time of visitation and the prayers of a Rosary. Because so many non-Catholics attend, the Church has developed a Vigil service based on Scripture and prayer. Families may opt to have a Rosary prayed at the end of the Vigil.

Adult Bereavement Support Group

“Seasons of Hope”

When you or someone you care about is suffering from the loss of a loved one, the process of grieving is natural part of healing. Grief, however natural, can be intense and experienced in very individual ways. It is sometimes hard to know, “Is what I’m going through ‘normal’ or natural?”

The Seasons of Hope Adult Bereavement Support Group at St. Andrew the Apostle offers a safe and understanding environment for those whose loved one has died. This program, rooted in Catholic tradition, conveys God’s consolation through scripture, prayer, reflection and sharing our faith. Each Seasons of Hope session is offered for six consecutive weeks. We meet on Monday evenings in Room A.

Please bring a bible. Each participant will be given a Seasons of Hope Journal. Registration fee is $20 to cover cost of journal and materials.

Our Lord assured us that those who mourn are blessed and that they shall be comforted. Seasons of Hope offers the bereaved an opportunity to come together to share in God’s love. With the support of the faith community, we can give voice to our unique journeys of grief and find healing and spiritual growth. Seasons of Hope sessions help us explore mourning through scripture, prayer, reflection activities and faith sharing.

Seasons of Hope sessions help us explore mourning through scripture, prayer, reflection activities and faith sharing.

For those searching for hope, a Seasons of Hope group is a nurturing link to the Church, to our Lord and to other people of faith who are also mourning. Come and be comforted!

Pre-registration is required and we appreciate your registration two weeks prior to start of each session by calling Florence at 480-899-1990 x135, or email