Funerals/Memorial Masses (Not Sacraments)
When people come to a funeral service or Mass, the desire is that they will find consolation and strength at this emotionally difficult time. We are focused on providing comfort and courage for family and friends who are mourning the death of their loved one. If you would like to arrange a funeral or memorial service here at St. Josaphat Church, please call 773-327-8955 to speak with a priest. You may also have your funeral director contact us directly.
Click Here to learn more about funerals in the Catholic tradition as outlined by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
To select readings for a funeral Mass please reference the USCCB site, Readings for Funeral Masses
The suggested contribution for a funeral is $500 which is considered a "Stole Fee" and is not tax deductible:
A “Stole Fee” refers to money given to a cleric for the performance of sacramental functions ie: baptisms, weddings, funerals. The IRS does not classify these payments as tax-free “gifts” because the rendering of a service motivated the payment. It does not matter that the cleric requires no payment for the service, nor does it matter that some people give nothing under similar circumstances. Stole Fees are considered earnings subject to Federal Income Tax and Social Security Tax.
Music selections can be arranged with our Music Director, Joe Labozetta. Additional instruments and cantors can also be arranged for a fee. Please contact Joe at [email protected]sh.org.