My great grandmother had a stroke last week and has been placed in hospice. She is a life long Catholic, but has not belonged to a parish in years ( a retired prient has come to visit and administer sacraments). However, I have not been able to get in touch with him. I am need to find a priest to perform a funeral mass when she passes (which will be soon). Can anyone guide me on how to do that? She has already had last rites at the hospital. Should I just call the archdiocese? No one else in the family is Catholic, but I feel stringly that her religious beleifs should be homored, especially in death.
Question for the Catholics
I think it is wonderful that you want to honor your great-grandmother's faith. I am sorry to read that her health is failing.
Catholic parishes have geographic boundaries and are obligated to serve Catholics who are living within those boundaries whether that person is a registered parishoner or not.
I suggest you call the nearest parish and talk to the church secretary. This is probably not an uncommon situation and the secretary should be able to help you out.
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
My sister and mom found this site useful when planning my father's recent memorial mass: http://www.catholicfunerals.co.nz/httpdocs/index.cfm . It might help you plan once you are working with a parish.
May you be comforted.