Funerals

(Facility rentals for non-member Christian memorials by outside clergy must be approved by our Rector. Please contact our Facility Manager at facilitymanager@stpaulswc.org or (925) 934-2324.)

The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all its meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we, too, shall be raised. The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the certainty that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

This joy, however, does not make human grief unchristian. The very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death. Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend. So, while we rejoice that one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn. [The Book of Common Prayer, p. 507]

In the event of a death, please call the church office immediately at (925) 934-2324, and a member of the clergy will be contacted to assist you.

St. Paul’s Memorial Columbarium Garden