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The Catholic Funeral Plan

The Catholic Funeral Plan

Today, most families want information about all the decisions they will need to make and their cost at the time of death. This includes both cemetery and funeral costs. In Pennsylvania, only a licensed funeral director can arrange for and provide funeral services. While CPCA does not operate a funeral home or provide funeral services, our counseling staff is familiar with the many decisions families must make regarding funeral costs as well as Catholic funeral traditions.

CPCA offers the Catholic Funeral Plan™. This plan is a faith-based funeral planning alternative available to Catholic families that can be used at any funeral home. Thousands of families, both Catholic and non-Catholic, have chosen the plan as a secure, sensible choice for planning their funeral.

Why a “Catholic Funeral Plan”?

Why a “Catholic Funeral Plan”?

Increasing numbers of Catholic families are not exercising their right to the complete Funeral Liturgy. Changes taking place in the funeral industry are exerting pressure on surviving family members not to return the body of the deceased to the parish church for the Funeral Mass. In many instances, other than perhaps the Funeral Liturgy Outside of Mass, no Catholic rites are celebrated.

The Catholic Funeral Plan™ was established to allow a person to express clearly his or her desire for a traditional Catholic funeral and to provide for those wishes in a convenient, affordable manner.

Does The Catholic Funeral Plan™ Guarantee a Funeral Mass at the Time of my Death?

Does The Catholic Funeral Plan™ Guarantee a Funeral Mass at the Time of my Death?

What the Funeral Liturgy will consist of at the time of need will be determined then by the parish priest and the family of the deceased. Of course, the priest and the family will take into serious consideration the wishes of the deceased. By enrolling in The Catholic Funeral Plan™ you unmistakably communicate your wish to be buried in the Catholic tradition.

If we have demonstrated by our actions that the Mass is an important part of our life then we are showing not only God, but also our parish priest and family and friends that we would wish the Mass to be part of our Funeral Liturgy.

Why is The Catholic Funeral Plan™ so Important?

Why is The Catholic Funeral Plan™ so Important?

If Catholic families continue to be encouraged to eliminate all or part of the Catholic Funeral Liturgy from their choices upon the death of a loved one, these rich traditions of the Catholic Church will no longer be practiced among the faithful. The Church finds this to be an intolerable possibility. The Catholic Funeral Plan™ ensures that the Church’s rites and traditions surrounding the death of the faithful will be preserved for generations to come.