Thank you for allowing our American Martyrs Community to be here for you and your loved ones during this time. As a Catholic faith community, we come together in prayer celebrating the lives of our deceased and entrusting them to God, our Father in Heaven.
If you are of our faith tradition, much will be familiar; if you are not, we hope you will feel comfortable worshipping with us and supporting the family of the deceased.
For Catholics death is not the end of life but the fulfillment of new birth begun at Baptism and the eternal reward of being at home with the Lord. While those left behind grieve the death of a loved one, Jesus has promised “they shall be comforted.”
We are blessed to be able to support you, your family and friends as we remember and celebrate the life of your loved one.
In keeping with Archdiocesan Guidelines and everyone’s safety, Funeral Masse are celebrated in O’Donnell Hall with both indoor and outdoor seating.
Health and Safety Guidelines
All of our in-person Masses will be held outdoors, following the Covid-19 Guidelines of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and in accordance with health and safety protocols from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
These protocols include social distancing of at least six feet between family units, and the wearing of facial coverings for those over the age of two at all times on our campus.
Anyone experiencing symptoms of illness should stay home.
While On Our Campus
- all persons, including children over 2 years old, must wear face covering at all times
- maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet between persons, unless members of the same family)
- use hand sanitizer which will be available
- refrain from unnecessarily touching statuary and other surfaces
- Keep your face covering on for the duration of the liturgy.
- There is no physical contact at the Sign of Peace or the Lord's Prayer - with the exception of the household members who arrived with you.
- Please remain at your seat and keep your face covering on during the Communion Rite; the Presider or Eucharistic Minister will come to you to offer Communion (or a Blessing.)
- The Eucharist will be offered in the hand only at this time, per Archdiocesan guidelines. There will be no Precious Blood offered to the Congregation.
- The Eucharistic Minister will approach you and place the Host in your hand. After they have moved on from you (and your household members), then remove your mask, consume the Eucharist, and then replace your face covering.
- The Eucharistic Minister will also offer a Blessing to anyone requesting it; indicate you would like a blessing in our usual manner, by crossing your hands over your heart.
- After the final blessing, remain at your seats. You will be dismissed in an orderly fashion; please leave as directed by our Hospitality Ministers.