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Fr. Chris, Debbie Miller and Deacon Jim Ward assist families through the funeral planning process. Most funerals are for parishioners, but anyone can have a funeral at St. Thomas a'Becket after following the appropriate steps.

After a loved one dies, the family contacts the Parish Office. Fr. Chris, Debbie Miller or Deacon Jim will talk with the family. We will set up the time of both the funeral and the Scripture service, which takes place at the funeral home the night before the funeral . Funeral Masses usually take place at 10:30 a.m. Fr. Chris, Debbie or Deacon Jim will meet with the family to plan the funeral (music, readings, family involvement, etc.) and to provide a supportive and loving ear to the grieving family.

Sometimes, because of special circumstances, it may be more appropriate for the funeral to take place at the funeral home or another location instead of having a funeral Mass at church. Families can share their preferences and thoughts and make a decision.

St. Thomas a'Becket offers space on its webpage to celebrate the memories of parishioners or their loved ones who have died. A family representative completes a simple form online and the information is posted in our In Memory page. Obituaries are maintained until we celebrate the next All Soul's Day feast, so that we may continue to pray for those who have passed and for their families.

The Parish Funeral Luncheon team provides a luncheon for the family and friends of registered parishioners who have died. The team prepares an outstanding meal in a lovely environment. There is a cost per person for the luncheon, but it is very reasonable. Debbie Miller can assist the family members of registered parishioners who wish to schedule the luncheon.

The luncheon always takes place immediately after the funeral. After the luncheon, those who choose to go to the cemetery will meet there at a specified time.

Find more resources on Death and Dying

Parishioner obituaries

Looking for appropriate music for a funeral? Download suggested funeral music.

Our Pastoral Team is always available to counsel those who are grieving.


"Jesus told her,
"I am the resurrection
and the life;
whoever believes in me,
even if he dies, will live,
and everyone who lives
and believes in me
will never die.
Do you believe this?"
John 11:25-26

St. Thomas a'Becket Catholic Church | 555 S. Lilley Road | Canton, MI 48188 | (734) 981-1333 |