When God calls a loved one home

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted" (Matthew 5:3).


St. Albert the Great Catholic Community sympathizes with those who are grieving and wishes to help ease their burden at this time of loss. We sincerely hope that the following guidelines will prove beneficial to those upon whom the necessary tasks of making funeral and burial arrangements has befallen. To assist you in this process, please contact the parish office, (775) 747-0722), as early as possible. We can help. 


The Vigil, with song, psalmody and Scripture reading, is the principal celebration of the Christian community before the funeral and should not be omitted or compromised. The Funeral Liturgy is the central celebration of the Christian community for the deceased. The Rite of Committal is the concluding rite. (Diocesan Policy)


Inevitably, you will have questions. Because we are often asked, we have answers to many of them. If we can't provide the answer we can help you find the the person who can.

Funeral Stipends

Because of the sacramental nature of death, there is no charge for basic funeral services, including the presider, music, and the church. Any extraordinary costs incurred are the responsibility of the deceased’s estate or benefactor. 

Although no fee or charge will be made for the basic funeral services, it is customary but optional to gift a stipend to the presider ($50.00) and the musician ($150.00).

In the case of non-parishioner: We ask for $350 to cover the use of the church and supplies. (Do to the sensitive nature of this issue; the pastor has ultimate authority to wave this fee for cause).

Funeral Receptions

In general, space will be provided, when available. Please note that receptions are extra and must be arranged by the family. Because St. Albert is an active parish, attempts to accommodate requests must fit into the parish schedule. Receptions can be scheduled for either the School Gym or the Parish Gathering Room: 

  • Gym: Generally available only on weekends and school holidays.
  • Parish Gathering Room: Holds 50 people maximum standing, 30 people maximum seated. Tables are available.

No food is provided by the parish for funeral receptions. The parish staff can assist your caterer or coordinator, in the form of guidance, as to where to find general needs: outlets, trash bags, tables and chairs, etc.

Burial or Cremation?

Many Catholics are unsure whether they or their loved ones can choose to be cremated. The short answer is yes, but there are caveats to choosing to do so. To learn more, the Diocese of Reno issued a short document summarizing "Ad resurgendum cum Christo" instructions promulgated by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on October 25, 2016. Click here for the summary.



"Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;" (Matthew 25:34).


In the face of death, the Catholic Church proclaims that God has created each person for eternal life and that Jesus, the Son of God, by his death and resurrection, has broken the chains of sin and death that bound humanity.

At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of baptism and strengthened at the eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting word of God and the sacrament of the eucharist.