FuneralColumbariumNiches For Sale

Funeral

We become deeply affected when someone dear to us dies. As we grieve our loss and sorrow, we may find ourselves questioning the meaning of life, death and our faith.

At St Paul’s Anglican Church, we offer support during your time of bereavement, or help you remember your loved one during the beloved’s death anniversary.

Our rector and clergy are always available to officiate a funeral or memorial services. They will be very honoured to pray with you and for you during this time of need.

A priest will meet with you to discuss the funeral or memorial service including your chosen readings, hymns, and prayer. The officiant will provide guidance throughout the service. Together you can reflect and celebrate the life of your beloved as well as offer comfort and closure for all who are in mourning.

What is the difference between a memorial service and a funeral?

Both the Memorial Service and funeral are rites offered by the church to mark the death, to give thanks for the person’s life and to provide comfort to those who were left behind.

A funeral service requires the presence of the body or ashes while a memorial service does not.  Please contact the rector as soon as possible if someone close to you have passed a way.

 The Columbarium

At St Paul’s we also offer a resting place for the dearly departed. Our Columbarium provides a simple and dignified manner of safeguarding the ashes of your beloved whose remains have been cremated.

The ashes are placed inside a sealed box. This sealed box is then placed into your chosen niche which is in turn is covered with a bronze plate engraved with the name and dates of birth and death of the beloved departed.

The Columbarium is located in a small chapel on the lower floor of the church (under the chancel). There are 270 niches which are set in fifteen rows and eighteen columns.

The Columbarium project was initiated by the Reverend Harold McSherry in 1977, during the term of his incumbency. The Columbarium was constructed using funds provided by contemporary bequests.

Niches for Sale

The February 1, 2015 issue of The Globe and Mail features the Columbarium at St. Paul’s emphasizing the fact that it is a good solution to the increasing costs of burial plots not to mention the scarcity of land designated for cemetery use.

Niches are available for sale not only to the parishioners but to the whole community. The purchase fee includes the cost of the engraving of the plate only.

If you are interested in purchasing a niche, please contact Maria Hizon of the church office at 604.685.6832 ext. 10.