Funeral Ministry at Church of the Ascension
Because of our belief not only in the immortality of the soul, but also in the resurrection of the body, the Church professes hope in the face of death, and acts with charity in the funeral rites. The Church provides a number of prayers for the faithful to offer both to accompany the dying of a loved one and to strengthen our faith upon their death. Through private prayer and public funeral rites, we strengthen our faith and hope, comfort those who mourn, and bury the bodily remains of the deceased with care befitting what was the Temple of the Holy Spirit.
(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)
If you have a death in your family or if death is imminent, contact the Parish Office during business hours 757-495-1886, ext. 410. Joanne Webb, our Funeral Coordinator and Parish Secretary, will assist you.
TYPES OF FUNERALS we offer:
(includes Music Minister, Cantor, Sacristan/Greeter, optional livestream in our Sanctuary)
Funerals are offered weekdays Tuesday – Friday from Noon – 2:00pm. Saturdays are not always available. No funerals on Sundays.
1) Funeral Mass: Full Mass with Liturgy of the Word and Eucharist. Priest and Deacon officiating. With Rite of Christian Burial at Cemetery or Ascension Columbarium. If cremation, the family can choose to have a burial at later date.
2) Funeral Service: No Mass – Liturgy of the Word only. Deacon is Officiant, with or without Inurnment/Burial.
3) Memorial Mass: without the presence of corpus (no urn or no casket). Liturgy of the Word and Eucharist, with priest and deacon. No burial.
4) Memorial Service: without the presence of corpus (no urn or no casket). Liturgy of the Word only with a deacon. No burial.
During these COVID times, many families who own a place in the Columbarium are choosing to hold the Rite of Christian Burial first and a Memorial Service at a later date.
Ascension’s Columbarium Garden is offered to our registered parishioners.
Click here for Columbarium Garden information
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. ~ Psalm 34:18