The funeral services will begin today for Our Lady of Perpetual Help pastor, Father Bert Mello, in his hometown of Merced.
The rosary service will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at St. Patrick’s Parish located at 671 E. Yosemite Avenue, according to OLPH. There will be a viewing before the rosary from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Father Bert’s funeral mass is scheduled for Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church located at 5770 N. Maroa Avenue in Fresno.
The burial is scheduled for Monday, April 2 at Winton Cemetery located at 7651 Almond Avenue in Winton, OLPH says.
Father Bert served as pastor of OLPH since February 2016. He was best known for speaking about his life of sin before joining the priesthood and using those experiences to help others draw closer to God.
Mello was 64 years old.