Funeral Reception

On this day of grief and sadness, we’ll help your day go as smoothly as possible. We handle many of the details so family and friends can focus on celebrating the life of their loved one.

If you have questions about planning the reception, please contact Wendy Cichanski Caduff at 612.317.3474.

Basilica funeral ministry volunteers

  • Set buffet tables with cloths, food, paper plates, paper napkins and plastic ware.
  • Prepare and serve water, lemonade and regular and decaf coffee.
  • Set round tables for 8 with white cloths and mirror and votive centerpieces.
  • Welcome and direct guests.
  • Replenish buffet table as necessary.
  • Clean up.

Catering & food

You can choose to serve a luncheon, light buffet, or desserts and coffee.

All food items, whether catered or provided by you, should arrive ready to be placed on the buffet table and should be able to be served at room temperature. There is a beverage preparation area, but no kitchen or ovens and very limited refrigeration.

Using a caterer. Catering services range from dropping off ready-to-serve trays to a full service event with waitstaff. Here are a few the Basilica has used for receptions.

  • Bucca del Beppo - 612.288.0138
  • D’Amico - 612.238.4444
  • Kowalski’s Catering - 1.888.972.7890
  • Lunds and Byerlys - 952-897-9800

You can bring in food, such as deli trays, from Costco, Sam’s Club or Kowalski’s.  If you purchase trays for pick-up, it is a good idea to give that responsibility to a family friend who is willing to miss some of the funeral liturgy.


You are encouraged to take leftover food home with you. Friends and family may drop in or your own family may appreciate something ready-made later in the day.

Ask a family friend who will not be going to the cemetery to be responsible for dropping things off at your home.

Flowers that have been brought down to the reception can be a wonderful gift for family and friends to take home.  Our volunteers can put them on the buffet tables at the end of the reception.

Audio & video support

Please let your funeral coordinator know before the day of your ceremony if you would like to have a DVD, video, or sound system set up at your reception.