Planning a funeral can be overwhelming. With that in mind we present to you the funeral guidelines for our parish.
This Planning Sheet is a way for you to become active in the Funeral Rite of a loved one. The Parish also provides you with this Planning Sheet so that together we can help you plan your loved one's funeral Mass. In this Planning Sheet, you will find Mass Readings and Hymns that are appropriate for the Funeral Mass.
The Word of God is of great importance in the funeral rite. The readings proclaim the meaning that Christ himself gave to death, teach us to remember the dead, nourish our hope of being gathered together again in God's kingdom, and encourage us to live the Christian life. Above all, the readings tell of God's design for a world in which suffering and death will be destroyed. In the readings all present have an opportunity to hear God speak to them in their needs, sorrows, fears and hopes. To make this easier for the family, the Catholic Church has pre-selected a number of Biblical passages which are appropriate for the occasion of a funeral. Please look over these passages as part of your funeral preparations, and find those words which speak to your heart. Note: During the funeral liturgy, the biblical readings may not be replaced. However, at a family prayer service, an additional reading, inspired by faith, could be appropriate as a meditation.