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Planning a Funeral 

Planning a funeral is the last gift you can give your loved one, but it can be confusing and stressful.  This outline will guide you through the process, and make it as easy as possible.

You must meet with the pastor before the funeral to discuss final plans.  You can prepare for the meeting by using this guide  to choose  the readings and music.

We suggest printing a copy of the Worksheet to use as you work through the choices.   You can make notes on the paper copy, then enter your choices into the Selection Form.

Email the completed Selection Form to the church, or bring a copy of it with you to your meeting with the pastor

If you choose to have a Vigil/Rosary, it is usually held the night before the funeral.  The appropriate readings for the vigil are usually chosen by the priest.

For the Funeral Mass, you may choose one Old Testament reading, one New Testament reading, one Gospel reading, and five songs.  Any Catholic in good standing may read the Old and New Testament readings.  A practicing Christian may also do the readings if approved by the pastor.  The Gospel is always read by a Deacon or priest.



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