Burying the dead is a corporal Work of Mercy in two ways. First, burial of the dead acknowledges the life and dignity of the human person who is now deceased. Second, by attending to the dead, we also assist their grieving family and friends.
Funeral or Memorial Mass
When someone has died, a Funeral or Memorial Mass can be said to commemorate their life. Funeral rites comfort the bereaved, strengthen faith and hope, and provide a witness to our belief in eternal life in Christ.
If you are planning a funeral or memorial service, please know that our hearts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Please contact Lynette Martin at (541) 757-1988 x304 to schedule a meeting with a priest or deacon. A liturgy planning guide is also available which includes information regarding musicians.
Our local court of the Catholic Daughters of America assists families and friends of the deceased by hosting a reception after funeral masses or memorial services. To inquire about arranging such a reception, contact Lynette Martin at (541) 757-1988 x304. Our Bereavement Ministry also assists parishioners who have lost a loved one by providing emotional support; please contact Janet Moore at (541) 745-7376.
St. Mary Catholic Cemetery
Because of Catholic belief in both an eternal soul and resurrection of the body, the Church encourages burial of remains. St. Mary Catholic Cemetery was established in 1873 to provide a final resting place for parishioners and their families. The cemetery is located at the corner of Witham Hill Drive and NW Grant Avenue. Cremation of remains is not prohibited by Church teaching; more information can be found in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops page on bereavement and funerals.
In spite of all my shortcomings, I am entrusted with the mission of being Christ: To bear the light and the presence of Christ to others, to be what he would be in our place, to continue the act of the washing of the feet, to be given, consumed, eaten like Christ, to be nourishment for others. — Fr. Maurice Zundel