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Catholic Priest For Weddings
Catholic Church of America
The clergy are membesr of the clergy of the
Catholic Church of America. I
am an Independent Catholic clergy member with valid
sacramental orders and faculties. The Catholic Church of America is an independent (Old Catholic Church tradition) Catholic
Church with validly recognized sacraments by Catholic
jurisdictions. I have held various positions at our
parishes in the greater San Diego County of, CA.
officiated at many funeral services and am able to so
with our without a funeral Mass. While we are
located in the San Diego area, we officiate for funeral services in San Diego, Orange,
Riverside and Los Angeles counties.
Personalization of Funeral
In creating a funeral service, it is important to have a
priest who is competent and experienced in pastoral
care. Our experience is that families want a service which reflects who they are. They appreciate a priest who will take the time
to discuss the many options that are available to them.
Most funeral services follow the traditional Catholic
rite. We assist families in personalizing the
funeral service, to make it truly expressive of who the
person was and the family's desires. There are many ways in which
this can be accomplished. Options for readings, both
from the scriptures and other sources, which speak to
eternal life are permissible. There is also the option of
having a vigil or wake serve the day before the funeral,
a full funeral Mass, or a funeral service outside of
Mass. Discussing your wishes with me is the best way
to assure that your needs are met.
The funeral Mass will be very similar to that celebrated
in the Roman jurisdiction since we share the same
liturgical forms and rites. The Funeral Mass is the
preferred way of celebrating the life of the deceased. Because we
are ecumenical in focus, all people participating in the ceremony
are invited to the altar for communion; a a funeral Mass, regardless of
religious affiliation if they believe and chose to
receive the Eucharist. On a practical side, it only adds
a minimal amount of time to the length of the Mass. As
mentioned above the Funeral Service can also be celebrated outside of the
celebration of Mass.
As an ecumenical community, we are inclusive. We
encourage you to consider how religious differences
might impact the family. It is not one of those easily
Fees for Funeral Services
We attempt to work with all budgets without
making this an obstacle to the Funeral Service. A
reasonable stipend guide is $250.00 to officiate at a
Funeral Service. I work closely with funeral home
staff to provide a smooth flow of services, paid before
the Funeral Service begins. If we need to travel a
distance, then family is often asked to cover the travel
expenses, lodging, and meals. Acceptable forms of
stipend may be rendered in the form of checks to be made
out to the clergy person or cash.
Again, this is generally handled through the Funeral
What must I do to have
Father Tom Officiate?
The first step is to either call us at, (858) 522-0072 or have a member of the4 funeral home staff
you are working with..
will allow me to check my calendar for
availability on the date you are requesting for the
Father Tom Abel
The Catholic Church of America may be the inclusive, open and affirming church
for which you have been searching. We realize the
ever increasing trend toward funeral services that
respect and express the feelings of family members and
therefore we place no undue burdens upon the family for
membership at a particular parish. Father Tom available to officiate at funerals in
the venue of the choice of the family whether that be in a church,
outdoors, on a beach near the
ocean, or in the backyard of a friend or relative.
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