March 3, 2017

St. Michael Parish hosts session on pre-planning a funeral Mass on March 18

Criterion staff report

St. Michael the Archangel Parish will host a session on pre-planning a funeral Mass at its Parish Life Center, 3354 W. 30th St., in Indianapolis, from 9-11:30 a.m. on March 18.

The session will address the elements of the anointing of the sick; cremation; the funeral Mass and its Scripture readings, hymns and symbols; and burial. Information will also be presented on planned giving.

Speakers include Father Michael Hoyt, the parish’s administrator; Ruth Buening, its funeral Mass coordinator; and Joanna Feltz, archdiocesan director of planned giving.

“Once a death occurs, if no pre-planning has been done, the burden of making arrangements and decisions in a relatively short period of time while trying to deal with grief, sadness, and perhaps shock, financial and legal implications can leave those with the responsibilities completely overwhelmed,” says Buening.

“While many people do make arrangements for the initial care of the body with the funeral home, few people plan for their funeral Mass.”

She says the goal of the event is that, by the end of the session, participants will have all the information needed to complete a simple, one-page form planning a funeral Mass, removing the responsibility from grieving family members.

There is no charge for the session, but due to limited space, registration is required.

To register or for more information, call 317-926-7359 or log onto †

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