Funerals and Baptisms
Roman Catholic funerals, with or without the remains present, may be held in the Mission Church provided the deceased individual was a current student, faculty, or staff member of Santa Clara University or was a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Under extraordinary circumstances, with the advice of the University President and the consent of the Rector, the Mission Church may host Catholic funeral liturgies for other persons, provided that the liturgy clearly serves the pastoral needs of the University or the Jesuit Order. All others are asked to contact your local parish.
With the permission of the Rector of the Jesuit Community, Mission Santa Clara may be used for prayer services and memorials for deceased individuals who were in some manner affiliated with Santa Clara University. These events should always manifest an appropriate spiritual expression. Memorial services ordinarily occur two or more months after a person's death. As such, a memorial service should not be held prior to a funeral and committal to the deceased's final resting place.
Except for student baptisms forming part of the annual Easter Vigil and entered into the baptismal registry of St. Clare Parish, the Sacrament of Baptism should be celebrated in a Catholic parish church, not in the Mission. Current students who would like to inquire about being baptized can contact SCU Campus Ministry staff in Benson Center or call 408-554-4372. All others should contact your local parish.