Funerals are typically arranged with the assistance of a funeral home in conjunction with parish staff. To begin the process of planning a Funeral Mass, please call Helena Heffernan at the parish office at 734-761-8606 ext. 2602. Below are some general guidelines for funerals at St. Thomas Parish.
Funerals may be celebrated on any weekday except for special liturgical days in the Church calendar (Holy Days of Obligation) and are normally celebrated at 10:00 AM with an optional hour of visitation in the church before the Mass. Many times, families wish to have a Rosary or Scripture Service led by a deacon at the funeral home the evening before the funeral. This can be arranged through the parish office.
A meeting with the priest celebrating the funeral should take place a few days before the Mass itself. This meeting will be to go over details of the Mass (music, readings etc.) and can be set up through the parish office. The family will be able to choose the music and readings, including an Old Testament Reading, a New Testament Reading, and the Gospel Reading.
For the list of approved readings from which to choose, please reference the Funeral Guide.
We are happy to host a Funeral Luncheon in our parish hall after the Mass, dependent upon the availability of both the hall and our luncheon volunteers. The cost for a luncheon is $3 per person payable to St. Thomas Parish.