Cost of liturgies

Q. I am planning my funeral and was told by another parishioner that the parish charges a fee for the funeral. Why should there be a charge for a Church ceremony?

A. Here’s a reply from Msgr. M. Francis Mannion:

No fees are properly charged by parishes for any of its ceremonies. Parishes often have a fee for the musicians who lead the music at a funeral but there is no fee for the rites themselves.

The one ceremony that often involves fees — though not for the rite itself — is marriage. Included here are fees for musicians, a wedding coordinator or the rental of a parish hall for a reception.