We want you to know that your sorrow and grief is shared by the whole Parish Family. On an occasion like this, there is little we can say. However, we will support you in every possible way.
Arrangements for the Funeral Mass of your loved one are usually made through the undertakers. However as soon as a loved one dies please inform one of the priests so that they can give you as much assistance as is possible.
The Church encourages you to be as fully involved as you can in planning your loved one’s funeral liturgy. It is the final journey of your loved one. In the liturgy, we celebrate the life of faith of your loved one; we commend him/her to the Lord, we support and pray for all those who mourn and we seek strength in the promise of the Lord that He will not forget his own.
Arranging a Funeral for your loved oneIn planning the Funeral Mass, you will need to:
- Provide your priest with some biographical information about your deceased loved one that will help him in preparing the funeral homily.
- Select the readings for the funeral Mass. Depending on the circumstances; you may decide to have either one or two readings before the gospel reading. You will find a large selection of suitable readings in the booklet that is provided by the priest. But you are free to choose others. Should you decide to have two readings before the gospel, it is preferable to have a different reader for each.
Here is a great list of options for readings.
- Select the responsorial psalm, which comes between the first and second reading. You will find a number of responsorial psalms in this booklet, but again, you are free to choose. In making your choice, you should take into account the Church’s recommendation that, if at all possible, the responsorial psalm should be sung.
- Choose or compose the general intercessions/prayers of the faithful which come after the homily. In the general intercessions we pray not only for the deceased and his/her family and friends but also for all the dead and those who mourn them, and the needs of the wider community. One or more family members should read the general intercessions.
- Choose family members or friends of the deceased to bring the gifts of bread and wine to the altar. You should keep in mind, though, that the presentation of the gifts is not the time to carry up personal memorabilia or symbols of the life of the deceased. The best time is at the beginning of the Mass or at the removal of your loved one to the church.
- Choose the hymns and music for the funeral Mass. They hymns should be selected from those regularly sung during Sunday Mass, and should express our strong belief in the resurrection, which is the basis of Christian hope. They should not include favourite secular songs or music of the deceased, these are not appropriate for a funeral liturgy.