The casuel, even if cannot be imposed if people are indigent is an offering that makes the parish and the diocese run. What would impose to deprive these catholic structures from maybe 10% of their “income”? To know the statistics, we have to ask ours structures their financial bugget.
All theses funeral expenses are already very expensive. The casuel will only add a very small number. Were we lived, the final price for all will be payed to the funeral agent who will after reverse the casuel to the parish. It’s not something we pay directly to the parish. We can see the detailed bill.
Unfortunely it’s untrue. Catholic are entiteld, a religious ceremony, but not a mass. The ceremony in itself is not a sacrament. However the dead person will be remember in the next parochial sunday mass before the communion. It’s automatic where I lived.
The standard ceremony we have is conducted by a lay funeral agent, who is a retired volunteer parishioner who is mandated by the bishop to perform funeral ceremony. I don’t have the number, but I guess than maybe 90% or more of people have a lay agent.
The only people who have a priest, so a chance of mass are the local personalities, the famalies who ask explicitly for a priest, and when there is no possibility to have a lay agent, or whe the priest ask for making a ceremony.
Anyway, in all the funerals I have attended, the preparation was only done with volunteer lay parishioner only. That’s mean that if a priest is not present for the funeral, the family does not seen one, and it’s often the only contact they have with the Church if they are not practicing the faith.
As a priest in our area said, if want, he could never performed one funeral, as we lived in a enough christian heart to have enough volunteer parishioners. He only do some, because he wants too.
Some diocese have probably have more priests than our rural one, where priests are lacking a lot. So they probably have more funeral masses.
For one of my grandmother, other diocese, we have a priest because the parish did not have lay parishioner. It was a very poor area, so they lacked “human” ressources. But we did not have a mass, as my family is not practicing.
So even if we have a priest, it does not mean we will have a mass. If nobody will take the communion it will be annoying to have a mass.
So no, funeral mass was a catholic custom, but not requiered any longer.
Other sad loss, the priest or the lay parochial team do no longer accompagnied the family until the grave. The funeral team will do it, but if the family want to said a prayer, the parish will give a paper and the funeral director will let a family member give a religious goodbye.
Maybe it’s the standard to have a funeral mass in America? And the priest who come to the graveyard? and I agree it’s better. I prefer it.