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Funeral Planning Guide


The Rites of the Church

All the baptized are entitled to the full Rite of Christian Burial.  You and your family will experience the Rite of Christian Burial in three distinct and important parts:


The Wake Service

This will take place during the visiting hours at the funeral home you have chosen.  A member of the Parish Staff will lead this service of prayer and Scripture.  At this time someone from the family, or a friend, may wish to remember the deceased by sharing personal memories, as in a eulogy.


The Funeral Liturgy

This is the most important part of the celebration of Christian Burial.  This is almost always celebrated within a Mass.  The bodily remains are honored by being brought to the Church.  We celebrate the life of the deceased in the whole context of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.


The Committal

A parish priest or deacon will accompany the remains and the family to the cemetery, where the Rite of Christian Burial will conclude with the prayers of Committal and Final Commendation.  Should one wish to speak in memory of the deceased, as in a eulogy or a remembrance, the Funeral Rite allows for such to usually take place as part of the Prayer of Commendation that will be prayed at the cemetery.




The Time and Place of the Funeral Liturgy

A funeral may be celebrated on any day of the week except Sundays and Holy Days.  There are also some restrictions concerning funerals during Holy Week.  The priest will discuss these restrictions as they apply.

The funeral liturgy is ordinarily celebrated in the parish church.



Planning the Funeral Liturgy

The funeral liturgy is one of the most beautiful and meaningful celebrations of the Church.  Your family has the option of personalizing the Mass by choosing the Scripture readings and by requesting specific hymns.

When choosing scriptures, there should be one reading from the Old Testament, and one reading from the New Testament.  Although you can choose from the whole Bible, the texts contained within this booklet are especially appropriate.



Music at the Funeral Liturgy

St. Thomas More Parish will provide an organist for the funeral liturgy at the Church.  Family members are welcome to request specific Sacred Hymns or Music.  Secular music may not be played at a Funeral Liturgy.  Our music ministers will guide you in selecting appropriate hymns.

Click here to download a Funeral Hymn List



St. Thomas More Funeral Hospitality Committee Mercy Meal

In order to assist you in your time of bereavement, the St. Thomas More Parish Funeral Committee would like to help by offering you the use of our Parish Center for your funeral reception.  We will provide set-up of the room, food/drink, and clean-up.


Our menu offerings can include:  cold meat and cheese platters, cold salads, hot casseroles, dessert, coffee, tea and (non-alcoholic) punch.


To make arrangement, please call our committee chairperson:
Hope Hickey  783-4087


Liturgy Planning Form

Click here to download our Liturgy Planning Form


Funeral Mass Readings

Click here to view the readings for the Funeral Liturgy


Musical Offerings

Please be aware that only Sacred Music may be used at a Funeral Liturgy.  As liturgical music magnifies the spoken word, music is a beautiful offering within the Mass of Christian Burial.  Music brings comfort and peace to the loved ones attending the Funeral Mass.


It is not incumbent upon the loved ones of the deceased to choose music for the liturgy.  If no particular music is requested, we will choose appropriate music based on the liturgical season, readings, and theme for the liturgy.  Sometimes a particular hymn, perhaps a favorite of the deceased, will be requested.  If you have any preferences, please indicate them . . . .


Additionally, because Mass is a live celebration of faith, pre-recorded or secular music is inappropriate.



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