Funerals at Holy Spirit Parish at Geist

Experiencing the loss of a loved one
The loss of a loved one is never easy. Please contact the parish office 317-849-9245 as soon as possible so that we may assist you in planning the funeral liturgies. During these times of high emotion and great tribulation, it is comforting to know that your spiritual home is there to guide you and your family. 

Parish Funeral Options
Visitation at the Parish
It is possible to have the visitation at the parish. Families may schedule visitation to take place at the parish in either the Daily Chapel, or in the case of very large groups, the Church.   While we will make every effort to accommodate your request, availability of the chapel and church varies by season and day of the week. Parish visitation may be scheduled:
evening prior to funeral Mass 5:00-8:00 p.m.
day of funeral 9:00-11:00 a.m. (11:00 a.m. funeral Mass)
day of funeral noon-2:00 p.m. (2:00 p.m. funeral Mass)

Use of Chapel or Church
The Daily Chapel can comfortably accommodate approximately 125 people. Both large and small funeral Masses may be scheduled in the church.

A/V Capabilities
Holy Spirit offers a variety of audio and visual resources for use during a funeral and/or wake service. 
For events in the main worship space, large projection screens are available to show a DVD or computer based application. The main worship space and chapel are both able to play background music via CD or MP3 device. 
The Social Hall (commonly used for funeral luncheons), has several capabilities as well.  The sound system allows for background music via MP3 device, as well as a microphone for addressing those gathered.  Two mounted flat screen TVs can be used to display DVDs or computer based applications.

Funeral Planning
Catholic funeral rites include Visitation (viewing), Funeral Mass and the Committal Service at the cemetery or mausoleum. 

Visitation (wake)
If your family chooses to hold the visitation at the parish, prayer services may be planned to begin or end the visitation. For more information on prayer during the visitation, please click here.
Funeral Mass
Funeral Masses at Holy Spirit can be scheduled at 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m
We will make every effort to accommodate your request, there may be days or seasons when the church or chapel has been previously scheduled.

Presence of Body or Cremains
The funeral Mass can take place with either the body or cremains present. The Parish staff will assist you in planning the funeral Mass.
 If no remains are present, a Memorial Mass can be arranged.

Making Selections
Family members are encouraged to be involved in selecting the hymns and scriptures that will be part of the funeral rites.  For more information about planning the funeral Mass, please click here.

Committal Service (at gravesite or mausoleum)

Funeral Luncheon
Through parishioners’ generosity, funeral luncheons are provided by the parish.

After the Funeral
A Stephen Minister or Bereavement Minister can provide prayerful companionship after a loss. He or she will listen and will pray with and for you. For more about these ministries at Holy Spirit, please click here.

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