Funeral Ministry

Ministry Leaders:

Pat Kosis, Coordinator of Funerals and Bereavement Judy Barber, Reception Coordinator
Dcn. Ernie Garcia, “Seasons of Hope” Bereavement Facilitator

The death of a loved one is a stressful time. At St. Andrew’s we invite you to honor your loved one with a funeral service that will celebrate their life and help your family to mourn.

The following information is intended to be of help to you in planning a beautiful and comforting celebration. One of our Funeral Planning Ministers can assist you in this process. May God bless you and be with you in your time of grief. Please allow 72 hours for planning of funeral arrangements with the parish.

Frequent Questions

Steps in the planning process:

Donations & Fees:

Service Fee
Church $200
Priest Presider $100
Deacon @ Vigil $75. @ Committal $75 $150
Deacon at Funeral Outside of Mass $100
Musician $150
Receptions: need to ck. w/funeral coordinator - for up to 150 people $300

These are suggested honorariums. At times they are incorporated into paperwork by the Mortuary who collect them and pays them to the parish. For more information on funerals at St. Andrew’s; call or email Pat Kosis, 480-899-1990 X158; email

Must we do all three steps: a vigil, a Mass, and a committal?
While recommended, you may opt not to have a vigil, or to schedule the committal for another time or place.

Can the funeral be celebrated without a Mass?
Yes, in special circumstances a funeral service may be celebrated outside of Mass.

What does the Catholic Church say about cremation?
The Church permits cremation. The preference is that the cremation would occur after the funeral Mass, but it is also possible to have an urn containing the cremains present at mass rather than the deceased’s body.

What is the difference between a “vigil” and a “rosary”?
The Vigil Service is an official rite of the Church. In the past, the vigil (or wake) consisted primarily of a time of visitation and the prayers of a Rosary. Because so many non-Catholics attend, the Church has developed a Vigil service based on Scripture and prayer. Families may opt to have a Rosary prayed at the end of the Vigil.

Adult Bereavement Support Groups

“Seasons of Hope”

The Seasons of Hope Adult Bereavement Support Group at St. Andrew the Apostle offers a safe and understanding environment for those whose loved one has died. This program, rooted in Catholic tradition, conveys God’s consolation through scripture, prayer, reflection and sharing our faith. Each Seasons of Hope session is offered for six consecutive weeks; four times a year.  Meetings are held on Monday evenings in Room A.

Please bring a bible. Each participant will be given a Seasons of Hope Journal. Registration fee is $20 to cover cost of journal and materials.

For those searching for hope, a Seasons of Hope group is a nurturing link to the Church, to our Lord and to other people of faith who are also mourning. Come and be comforted!

Pre-registration is required and we appreciate your registration two weeks prior to start of each session by calling Florence at 480-899-1990 x135, or email


Bereavement Support Drop-in Meetings

We also offer a Bereavement support meeting on the last Thursday of the month at 7:00pm in Room A.

These meetings provide a listening ear and give participants an opportunity to share their concerns and to discuss where they are in their grief journey. We Pray, Listen, Talk.

The meetings are facilitated by our Bereavement team.