Christian Burial

At the time of a death in the family, please call the rectory for the prayers and support of the parish community.

The funeral director assists in the preparations for the Mass of Christian Burial, working together with the pastor and the parish staff.  Either the family or the family's funeral director may call the rectory for coordination of the arrangements. Whenever possible, the family of the deceased takes part in planning the Mass of Christian Burial by choosing readings, lectors, hymns, and other aspect of the funeral rites.

Funerals are normally celebrated in the parish of the deceased.  However, any member of the faithful, or those responsible for the deceased person's funeral, may choose another church; this requires consent of the pastor of that church and notification to the pastor of the deceased.

With very few exceptions, the Catholic faithful are entitled to receive Christian burial.  The Church permits cremation provided that it is not chosen as a denial of faith in the resurrection of the body. It is required that the cremated remains be buried in a cemetery.

A Catholic cemetery is considered a sacred place and supports our belief in the resurrection of the body and the communion of saints. It is only by way of exception, therefore, that Catholics are buried in a non-sectarian cemetery.  St. Basils Parish uses the St. Ann's Cemetery located on Pothouse Road in Phoenixville.