Burying the dead is one of the corporal works of Mercy. Through private prayer and public funeral rites, we strengthen our faith and hope, comfort those who mourn and bury the bodily remains of the deceased with care befitting what was the Temple of the Holy Spirit.
Please see the following overview of Catholic Funeral Rites.
PLANNING A FUNERAL MASS
The process of planning a funeral mass begins by calling the parish office to arrange a date of the funeral services. The family will then meet with the Bereavement ministry that will help you in planning your loved one's funeral. The Bereavement ministry will help plan the liturgical readings and musical selections for the funeral mass. The Bereavement minister will also discuss the three most common Funeral Rites; Vigil Service (the evening before the funeral), Funeral Mass (which is held in the parish church), the Rite of Committal (burial service) at the cemetery. All of these will be discussed with the family of the deceased so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
To view the selection of readings click the appropriate links below.
MUSIC SELECTION FOR FUNERAL MASS
Music is an important part of the funeral rites that allows the mourning community to express feelings that words alone can not do. Music has the power to encourage the mourners and intensify the unity of the assembly in faith and love. You may click the link below to view the musical selections, and you can contact our Liturgy and Music Director at ext. 233 if you have any questions or concerns.