The Christian funeral liturgy tells us that life is changed, not ended. Funerals are acts of faith. Jesus, who walks with us through all our other events in life, is present at our funerals, the liturgy of the passage from death to eternal life.

Arrangements for a funeral need to include a Mass and burial in a Catholic cemetery whenever possible. It is preferable that the body be buried in a Catholic cemetery or columbarium (repository for cremated remains) consecrated for this purpose. We bury the body or the cremated remains of a person once washed with baptismal water, anointed with the oils of Confirmation and the Sacrament of the Sick, and nourished by the Eucharist. The Church prefers the burial of the body but does allow cremation.  In cases where cremation is planned, the Church urges that if at all possible, the body be present for the funeral Mass with cremation taking place afterwards.  However, if for some reason cremation takes place before the funeral Mass, the diocesan bishop can permit the practice in his diocese of allowing cremated remains to be brought into the Church for the funeral rites.  Whenever a Catholic is cremated, the remains are to be treated as if they were a body; not mixed or scattered. The cremated remains should be interred in a burial grave, columbarium, or mausoleum.

(Please see more information to the right by selecting "Guidelines Regarding Ashes".)



Your funeral director will assist you in scheduling a Funeral Mass at St. Anne Parish. Download our funeral booklet for assistance in planning the Funeral Mass, including readings and song selections.

Please contact our Parish Office at 978-486-4100 if you have a particular question or concern.


Guidelines Regarding Ashes



MERCY MEAL - Forms/Documents

Music for the funeral can be reviewed with our Music Director, Kelly Clark. 
Contact: 978-320-4205 or 

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