This page addresses two different elements of the bereavement ministry at St. Raymond's.  First, the process of organizing a funeral or service, but also the opportunity for people to volunteer to minister to people who have suffered a loss. 

On behalf of the parish and the staff of the Cathedral, we offer our condolences on the death of your loved one. Be assured of our prayers for them and for you.

The information on this page may be helpful as you begin to make funeral arrangements for the deceased. Our Beverament Team is prepared to assist you in planning a reverent Funeral Mass (with the casket or urn present) or Memorial Mass (no casket, no urn).

Often funeral arrangements are made for the family by their chosen funeral director. If a funeral director is not contracted, family members may contact Cathedral Office at 815.722.6653.

Funerals are usually celebrated on weekday or Saturday mornings at 10:00am.


The Cathedral Music Staff is honored and happy to help you in preparing and planning your funeral liturgy.  Please feel free to contact the Cathedral Music Office at (815) 722-6653 x235 with your questions.  We look forward to working with you.



A member of the Cathedral Bereavement Ministry will contact the family of the deceased regarding the funeral liturgy planning. The priest who presides at the funeral liturgy is to be consulted regarding all the details of the Mass including the choice of Scripture readings. Deacons may preside at wakes and cemetery burials.

  • download the Funeral Liturgy Planning Form HERE.


the Church asks that the cremated remains of the individual be buried or interred as soon as possible after the Mass. They are not to be scattered or kept in the family home, funeral home or separated into multiple urns. Cremated remains are given the same respect as the body they were. 

The usual Cathedral funeral fee is $450.00:
  • $300.00 for music ministry
  • $150.00 for the Cathedral parish

One check in the amount of $450.00 addressed to the Cathedral of Saint Raymond is usually presented by your chosen funeral director.

In addition, each altar server will receive $10.00.  Four altar servers will be assigned to a funeral mass. Three altar servers will be assigned to a memorial mass.


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