Funeral Information

"I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die." (John 11:25-26)

 

On behalf of the Parish Community of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy at the loss of your loved one.

Please know that we are here to help you and support you during this difficult time. One of our Bereavement Ministers will assist you in the planning of the Mass of Christian Burial, and suggest ways for family and friends to be personally involved.

Music Suggestions and Scripture Readings appropriate for the Catholic Funeral Rite are shown below. They are beautiful passages of comfort, peace, and hope.
May God’s strength and peace be with you.

Making Arrangements

 

Getting Started

 

The Vigil or Wake Service

 

Music

 

Readings

 

CREMATION

If the deceased is to be cremated,  the Mass of Christian Burial is celebrated with the cremated remains present.  Church law requires the cremated remains be laid to rest in consecrated ground, either buried or kept in a mausoleum.

 

CELEBRATING THE MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL

Liturgical signs and symbols affirm our Christian belief during the celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial. The Easter candle reminds us of Christ’s presence among the Christian community, His victory over sin and death, and our share in the victory by virtue of our baptism. The casket is sprinkled with holy water reminding us of the saving waters of baptism. The funeral pall reminds us of the white garment worn at baptism when we were born into eternal life. Incense is used during funerals as a sign of honoring the body of the deceased and is a symbol of our prayers rising to heaven before God.

 

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The clergy can assist in the selection of scripture readings. One reading from the Hebrew Scriptures, one from the Christian Scriptures, and a Gospel reading.  Family members are encouraged to proclaim the readings at the Mass.  If it is too difficult for them to proclaim the readings, the parish will provide a reader/ for the Mass.  Non-scriptural readings are not permitted at Mass.

EULOGY

In 1989 the Vatican published the revised Order of Christian Funerals (OCF) for the United States. The long-standing prohibition of eulogies at Catholic funerals was again upheld and restated. "A brief homily based on the readings should always be given at the funeral liturgy, but never any kind of eulogy." [OCF # 141] In the revised General Instruction of the Roman Missal promulgated by John Paul II in year 2000 (GIRM 2000), this prohibition of eulogies was again restated: "At the Funeral Mass there should, as a rule, be a short homily, but never a eulogy of any kind."

The eulogy therefore is NOT part of the Mass of Christian burial. Eulogies that recount the life of the deceased by family members or friends are encouraged and most appropriate at the wake service and at the cemetery/graveside or at the luncheon following the funeral. Some families use the wake service for a time of memories for the deceased with an open podium.

CHURCH STIPEND, FEES FOR FUNERALS

Most funeral homes itemize all costs within their billings. Included should be the musicians' [organist and cantor] checks.   All the stipend arrangements should be completed by the funeral home.  The Parish Music Director makes arrangements for all cantors.  

May God’s strength and peace be with you.

 

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