FUNERALS All baptized Catholics who are not subject to a declared penalty have the right to a Christian funeral celebration! If your loved one has died, please contact the parish office at (616) 842-1702 to make arrangements for the funeral. Often times the arrangements are made by the funeral home. Funerals are generally celebrated every day of the week except Sunday. Normally this is done in the context of the Mass, unless the funeral falls on a day in the Church calendar which does not permit this to be done. St. Mary's has a very active and generous funeral lunch ministry which seeks to provide a meal after each funeral that is celebrated at St. Mary's. We ask that you try to provide us with a ball park figure regarding the number of attendees who are expected so that we can plan accordingly. A note regarding cremation: The Catholic Church allows for a person's body to be cremated, but it is preferred that this take place after the funeral liturgy is celebrated. However, cremation may take place before the funeral and the liturgy can be celebrated in the presence of the cremated remains. Whichever option is chosen, the remains must be buried or interred in a mausoleum or columbarium. It is NEVER acceptable to scatter the ashes of a loved one. The body should be treated with respect whether it is whole or cremated.
Parish Address St. Mary's Catholic Church 406 E. Savidge Street. Spring Lake, MI 49456 Phone (616) 842-1702
School Address St. Mary's Catholic School 430 E. Savidge Street. Spring Lake, MI 49456 Phone (616) 842-1282