Schedule a funeral

The Funeral Mass is the central liturgical celebration for the deceased and an important part of parish life. St. John the Evangelist reaffirms in sign and symbol, word and gesture that through Baptism we share in Christ’s death and resurrection, and look forward to the day when we will be raised up and united in the kingdom of light and peace.

Planning a Funeral

This booklet will be an important resource for you as you plan a funeral.

  • Notification of a death should be made to Jan Shaw to arrange for services. Please contact Jan Shaw at 410-964-1425 x324 or
  • The Viewing/Wake Service may be held at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center or funeral home.
  • Mass may be held at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center or Oakland Mills Interfaith Center. The family may personalize Mass, including choosing readings and hymns.
  • A reception following the funeral may be held if room is available. Contact Wilde Lake Interfaith Center Event Manager Ellen Budd 443-372-7015 or

The parish is notified of the death on the parish website, bulletin notice, and announcement at weekend Masses.

Pre-arrangements for a funeral may be made at any time.   

Other Resources

Gift of Peace Ministry – St. John’s Gift of Peace ministry provides information, guidance, and support for our parishioners and their loved ones so that wishes for end-of-life care may be expressed and respected.

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