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Jane Anne H. Laberee wrote:

Hi, guys —

My (Catholic) friend's mother just passed away and they're going to:

  • have a local memorial Mass and cremation near their home, then
  • come up to New England where I live for:
    • a funeral Mass, and
    • the interment of the mother's ashes with her husband.

I hope to join them for that.

Mother's Day would be an obvious choice for them to have the funeral Mass though it is my understanding that funeral Masses are not conducted during the 50-day period following Easter.

  • How likely is it that they would simply come up and attend the normal Mother's Day Mass, then have the interment, without the Mass officially being a funeral Mass?
  • Is that permissible, or is it required that the Mass be a dedicated funeral Mass?

Jane Anne

  { Can funeral Masses be conducted during the 50-day period following Easter? }

Eric replied:

Jane Anne,

It is not true that you can't have a funeral Mass during the Easter season. In fact one of our team members just had a funeral Mass celebrated for a close relative.

The only time a funeral Mass cannot be done is on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, or Holy Saturday.


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