We believe the roles of religion and culture hold a deeply important place for grieving families and communities. The ceremonies and gatherings that our traditions give to us help to bring about important moments of clarity, truth, and perspective.
The Catholic funeral rite is wrapped in tradition that is both meaningful and healing for the family and community. Honoring the beautiful rituals of the vigil, funeral mass and rite of committal creates healthy and symbolic ways of meeting spiritual and emotional needs. The emphasis that the Catholic Church places on gathering together, sharing tradition, and looking to God for perspective offers a vital framework that we believe helps families and friends in their transition from grief to healing.
Our family comes from a long tradition of faith in the Catholic Church and our funeral home has served Catholic families in Edmonton and the surrounding area for over 110 years. It is our deep privilege to come alongside the Catholic community and be a part of their faith
On this page you will find information regarding Catholic Services. If you have a question, we have an expert on staff that can help you. Just ask Aimee by completing the form below.
Aimee Anderson, Director of Catholic Relations
Aimee Anderson was appointed to the position of Director of Catholic Relations, a new position at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, effective April 30, 2014.
Aimee has been with Connelly-McKinley since 2007, graduating at the top of her class as a funeral director in 2009.
Aimee has always had a passion for serving the Catholic Community and is a Parishioner at St. Joseph’s Basilica. She completed a two year program at Newman Theological College in 2014 in Catholic Studies/Faith Formation. She is currently serving on the Board of Governor’s Governance committee for the College.
Aimee functions as the main contact between the Archdiocese, Edmonton Catholic Cemeteries and the Funeral Home and assumes the responsibility of communicating between all parties, information that assures quality service provision. She frequently represents the Funeral Home in the community at events including Mother’s Day and Father’s Day services at Holy Cross Cemetery, information seminars at various Catholic Parishes, Knights of Columbus banquets, Archdiocesan fund raising events and golf tournaments.
Questions that families ask us
Do we need a funeral home when we have chosen cremation?
When cremation takes place prior to the Funeral Mass – families question whether or not a funeral home presence is necessary at the Church. In an attempt to answer this question please consider the following items taken care of by the funeral home when Mass is celebrated with the urn present.
- Deliver flowers to and/or receive flowers at the church, unwrap, set up and take away. Determine where to place the flowers (there are guidelines).
- Deliver the urn and place it on a memorial table (coordinate that with the church in advance). Some churches don’t allow the urn to be carried in at the start of Mass. The urn must be taken out following Mass. Some churches won’t allow the urn at the reception! Arrange to take the urn to the cemetery or columbarium if interment is planned for the same day. Ensure documentation is with the urn.
- Set up and manage the guest book. Without invitation – many guests will not see or sign the book.
- Manage the memorial cards – if left out on a table – people will grab several or not see them at all. These are handed out to guests as part of being greeted or seated.
- USHER! People who don’t typically attend the church where the Mass is being celebrated rarely presume to know where they should sit. They tend to look for guidance. Also – people tend to gather outside the church or in the vestibule visiting until someone encourages them to make their way in – sign the book and take a seat. The Priest has a reasonable expectation that guests will be seated before the procession begins.
- Gather and assist those immediate family members who will be walking in and out behind the Priest. The Priest isn’t there to line them up and explain how this will work.
- Be aware of where the washrooms are and mindful of people getting dropped off at the door either by DATS or others who may need to go and find parking. These people often require some assistance.
- Provide a basket for condolence cards and memorial donations. The cards and donations should be protected as people sometimes put cash donations in the basket.
- Ensure that the church office receives their clergy record and burial permit as well as any honorarium cheques prepared by the funeral home.
- Take a walk to the reception hall once Mass begins to let support staff know how many are in attendance. If a caterer is expected to deliver food – make sure they have arrived.
- Take a walk through the church to pick up any memorial cards or forgotten items. This list has been created to help families understand the role we play at church when the urn is present. Some churches are very happy to step in and help the family in any way they can. Other churches really appreciate having the funeral home present to look after everything! We are responsible to let our families know what’s involved when they choose NOT to use a funeral home.