Sacraments – Funerals

I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die (John 11:25-26)


Catholic funeral information

Catholics believe in life after death. Although not one of the seven sacraments, the prayer vigil, funeral and committal services are a key part of the catholic journey.

Lay Funeral Ministry

These are challenging times for the church, with a shortage of priests to carry out the wide range of duties in the parish. As clergy are getting older and there is a lack of vocations, tasks which lay people can do should be encouraged. We need a laity who are trained and given the skills to continue building the Kingdom of God.

With this in mind  the diocese are training parishioners to lead a funeral service either in a church, a cemetry or crematorium, where a priest is not available to do this.

One of our parishioners, Gill Almack has completed the training programme and has been commisioned by the Bishop

Gill will work closely with me visiting families, helping them to plan the funeral and giving post funeral support.

Please contact Gill and she will liaise with Fr Pat to make arrangements.

Gill Almack with Bishop Terry

For music requests at funeral services, click Request for Music Services for more information.

Contact: Gill Almack