Funerals at Saint Philip’s
The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy whose meaning is found in the Christian hope that even at the grave we proclaim that our life is changed, not ended. It is also a time when we genuinely mourn — Jesus wept when his friend Lazarus seemed to be lost to death, and we will mourn too.
The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by a kind of solemn joy, in the certainty that nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. This joy, however, does not make human grief unchristian. So, while we rejoice that one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn.
The pastoral staff at Saint Philip’s in the Hills encourages members to hold funeral or memorial services in the church rather than at the funeral home. Death is a moment when the Christian hope is brought closest to our daily life — it is more than fitting that such a moment be marked at the place where joy, hope, and sorrow come together in the encounter with Christ.
A funeral or memorial service is a worship service that honors a transition, celebrates the relationship between our community of faith and one of our members, and offers prayer and intercession for the soul of the departed as they journey from strength to strength. Funerals at Saint Philip's use the rites found in the Book of Common Prayer, which have shaped the faith lives of the living and the departed from generation to generation.
Preparing at any time
Both clergy and grieving families will tell you how helpful it is to have an “End Of Life Booklet” like this one filled out and updated. Eliminating guesswork can help make the funeral or memorial service become more personal and less fraught with anxious decisions. Pastoral staff can assist you with preparing this booklet; simply call the church office to set up an appointment with a clergy person to prepare. After completing this booklet, make a copy for the church to hold in the records.
The Columbarium Garden provides a place of quiet repose for those who have died. It is usually open at all times for those who wish to pay their respects or just spend some quiet moments of reflection. For more information or to purchase a niche, please email the church office.
At the time of death
To arrange for a funeral or memorial service, first email Fr. Peter Helman or call him at 520.299.6421 ext. 33.
Here is the Saint Philip’s Funeral Arrangements Booklet for download.
Here is the Parish Electronic Notification Form, which can be sent at the family’s option (usually after a service has been scheduled).