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 (click on the link below) to use as you work through the choices. You can make notes on your paper copy, then enter your choices into the Selection Form. The link to the Selection Form is located below.
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
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.
It is suggested that the family make a contribution to the parish to help defray the costs associated with the organist, cantor, printed program/worship aid, sexton and general overhead costs. Musicians (organist and cantor) typically receive $75 each, and there is $100 charge to use the Church. Please note that the fee does not include any gift you may wish to give to the priest or deacon officiating at the service.