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Planning A Funeral

At the funeral liturgy, the Church gathers with the family and friends of the deceased to give praise and thanks to God for Christ's victory over sin and death, to commend the deceased to God's tender mercy
and compassion, and to seek strength in the proclamation of the
Paschal Mystery.


Funeral Rites

These rites include: prayers at the time of death and thereafter,
wake service, a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated for both the living
and the dead, and committal (burial) in the cemetery as the final
resting place.


Funeral Preparation
Every parish and priest have different workflows for helping families
plan a funeral. You can pre-plan. Work with your preferred funeral home to plan your funeral now so your family doesn’t have to and they can feel confident on following your wishes.


1. Prayers after Death 

If the family so desires, a priest can visit a home, hospital, or nursing to home to offer prayers after the death of a loved one.


2. Funeral Home
It’s easier to coordinate plans (times and locations) through the funeral home. The funeral home contact will schedule a meeting with the family.


3. Parish Contact
Please do not hesitate, if you wish, to reach out to the parish to inform them of the passing of a loved one. The parish community can also begin offering prayers for the family and your loved one. A meeting with the parish contact can be scheduled at this time.


4. Readings and Music 

During a meeting with the parish priest, you will have the opportunity to walk through what the funeral rites will look like. You may select readings and and music as a family.

Helpful Funeral Materials

Funeral
Planning

Guide

Funeral

Music
Selection

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