Funeral and Memorial Masses

The planning of a funeral is an important experience of remembering, celebrating, mourning, and giving of a life over to God.  The funeral liturgy is a beautiful way to ritualize our belief in ways that are meaningful and spiritual, that one’s life has purpose on this earth and in the eternal one.

The chapel at the University of St. Thomas is not a parish.  However, we are permitted to celebrate the sacraments for those who have a connection to the university community.  At these significant times in people’s lives, we are happy to offer the hospitality of our chapel and campus ministry staff.  An initial request to celebrate a funeral in the chapel should be made to the director of the Center for Campus Ministry (651-962-6560).

Planning for the funeral liturgy will include the family, the priest who will preside at the liturgy, and may include the liturgy/music personnel.  There is a funeral planning sheet available to facilitate the planning.  The family is typically involved in choosing the readings and songs.

Family members are encouraged to take an active role in the liturgy by serving as lectors, gift bearers, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, and by offering words of remembrance. 

The cover of the worship aid may feature a picture of the deceased.  The printers usually require 48 hours to print the worship aid.

If the casket is present, a white covering will be placed upon it at the beginning of the service.

If cremated remains are present, the urn will be placed on a table in the sanctuary.  A photo and flowers may also be placed near the urn.

Arrangements can be made for an on-campus reception and parking.

The funeral director typically covers the fees for the cantor/soloist and the organist.  In addition to that, St. Thomas has a fee of $150 to cover the costs of using the chapel, including worship aids. 

The Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas is a place of spiritual nourishment for students, many of whom also choose to be married there.  It is also a fitting place to remember and celebrate the lives of those for whom the University of St. Thomas has been significant.  We welcome you and stand ready to assist in celebrating the life of your loved one.