Our Deepest Sympathy  Planning the funeral of a loved one can seem overwhelming. We are prepared to help. We at St. Vincent de Paul Parish know that this is a very difficult time and have provided you with our funeral readings for your convenience. Please contact Lorena Castillo-Ritz at 704.644.4653 or email her at so that she may assist you in coordinating your funeral service here at St. Vincent de Paul Parish.  

Funeral planning typically takes place during a meeting between the priest or deacon who will be presiding over the funeral rites and family members of the deceased. If a funeral home is involved, they will assist the family in arranging this meeting. If a funeral home is not involved, the family should contact the parish offices by calling 704.644.4653 to schedule a meeting to make the necessary arrangements.

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Funeral Readings


The Columbarium at St. Vincent de Paul is located on the grounds between the church and the activities center.  There is a prayer garden with benches and a fountain where we invite family and friends to offer prayers for the deceased. Unfortunately, at this time all units have been sold. 



The Church through its funeral rites commends the dead to God’s merciful love and pleads for the forgiveness of their sins.  At the funeral rites, especially at the celebration of the Eucharistic sacrifice, the Christian community affirms and expresses the union of the Church on earth with the Church in heaven in the one great communion of saints.  Though separated from the living, the dead are still at one with the community of believers on earth and benefit from their prayers and intercession.  At the rite of final commendation and farewell, the community acknowledges the reality of separation and commends the deceased to God.  In this way, it recognizes the spiritual bond that still exists between the living and the dead and proclaims its belief that all the faithful will be raised up and reunited in the new heavens and a new earth, where death will be no more