In Funeral Masses, in visits to the cemetery, and in our persistent prayers and Masses for our deceased loved ones, we give expression to our grieving and grow through sadness into more attentive lives of faith.  As our Bishop wrote in his Sixth Festival Letter, "except in the most extraordinary circumstances, every Catholic who dies should have a Mass for Christian Burial offered on their behalf.  Internment in consecrated ground is preferred in our Catholic tradition because it testifies to our belief in the sanctity of the body and our faith in the promise of resurrection.  Cremation is allowed but preferably only after a Funeral Mass is celebrated with the body present.  Memorial Masses with ashes brought into church are also allowed, but the ashes of the dead sould ideally then be interred in a cemetery." Bishop Jenky's full Festival Letter can be found at under Festival Letters.

  During this time of sadness, Jesus the redeemer is our hope for resurrected life for our loved one and we pray and offer our prayers for you and your family. Here you will find some information to help you plan for the Funeral Liturgy. More information can be found at the US Bishops website, under Reflections: On the Body, Cremation and Catholic Funeral Rites.

Funeral Planning Sheet  This sheet provides a format for completing the suggested information that you should bring with you when the meet with the priest. 

Funeral Mass Readings  Normally, the first reading is taken from the Old Testament, the Psalm is sung by our cantor, the second reading is taken from the Pastoral Letters in the New Testament, and the Gospel.  During the Easter season, New Testament readings may be used for the first and second reading.

Funeral Prayers of the Faithful (Petitions) There are two options (OPTION 1 or OPTION 2) for you to choose from and they can be slightly adapted, if you choose.  

Funeral Music Suggestions  There is a suggested listed of songs that are appropriate for the funeral which our cantors and choir sing. If you have other suggestions, they must be religious in nature and common for people to sing and must be reviewed with the priest in the planning process. 

Words of Remembrance: It is the hope of the Church that the Funeral Liturgy provide an uplifting moment of grace in God's divine love and so comments about the deceased are best reserved for the wake the night before, at the funeral luncheon or at some other gathering. With the permission of the pastor/celebrant, a member of the family may speak. The comments need to be less than five minutes and share the hope and spiritual strength which the person exhibited.

Funeral Luncheons: Farrell Hall may be reserved for funeral lunches. Your Funeral Director will contact the Parish to see if the hall is available. You must line up your own caterer. Altar & Rosary supplies coffee and lemonade, as well as set up and clean up. 

We hope that this information will help you and your family plan for this rich moment of grace, healing and closure as we pray farewell to our loved ones, not forever, but only momentarily and all meet in Christ for eternity.


"In the face of death, the Church confidently proclaims that God has created each person for eternal life and that Jesus, the Son of God, by his death and resurrection has broken the chains of death and redeemed us in his saving love for all eternity. It is this hope and belief that defines our lives as believers in Jesus' life over death. Christians celebrate the funeral rites to offer worship, praise, and thanksgiving to God, the author of life and the hope of the just. " Catholic Ritual for Funerals