Funeral Planning

Planning a funeral for a loved one can be a very difficult experience. At our parishes, we walk the journey with you in love and faith and work together to plan the music and readings and ensure the funeral liturgy will go smoothly.

Whether the funeral is held at St. Patrick Church of Merna or St. Mary Church in Downs, we collaborate with the chosen funeral home to provide your family comfort in challenging times. As you begin your planning, we recommend contacting a funeral home first, as they will help you with scheduling. At that point, one of our priests or a parish staff member will reach out to you to begin planning the rest of the liturgy. However, at any point, please feel free to reach out to us at the parish office at (309) 662-7361. We are here for you and your family in your time of need and beyond.