Funeral Planning Steps
STEP 1: Provide Names of those Placing Pall
The pall is the white cloth that covers the casket during a Catholic funeral. The pall recalls the white garment worn by Catholic Christians at the time of one's baptism. It may be placed on the casket by family members or friends. A pall is not placed over cremated remains. Flags and other insignia may cover the casket before and after the liturgy. If the deceased has a personal bible and/or cross, family members or loved ones are invited to place these on the casket at the beginning of Mass
STEP 2: Select the 1st & 2nd READINGS / Provide Reader Names
The first step in planning a funeral is to choose the Scripture readings to be read as part of the Liturgy of the Word. Click on the links below to read and select the possible readings for the 1st and 2nd Reading:
- A-1 / 2 Macc. 12:43-46 (Expiation for the Dead)
- A-2 / Wisdom 3:1-6, 9 (Counsels of God on Suffering)
- A-3 / Wisdom 4:7-15 (On Early Death)
- A-4 / Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9 (The Mountain of the Lord)
- A-5 / Lam. 3:17-26 (It is Good to Hope in the Lord)
- A-6 / Eccles. 3:1-8 (For Everything There is a Season)
- AA-1 / Acts 10:34-36, 42-43 (Jesus Christ is Lord of All)
- AA-2 / Revelation 14:13 (Blessed are the Dead who Die in the Lord)
- AA-3 / Revelation 21:1-5a, 6b-7 (The New Heaven and the New Earth)
- B-1 / Romans 5:5-11 (Hope Does Not Disappoint)
- B-2 / Romans 6:3-4, 8-9 (Freedom from Sin; Life in God)
- B-3 / Romans 8:14-23 (Children of God)
- B-4 / Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39 (God’s Love in Christ)
- B-5 / 1 Cor. 15:51-57 (Where, O Death, is your Victory?)
- B-6 / Romans 14:7-9, 10c-12 (Live and Die for Christ)
- B-7 / 2 Tim. 4:6-8 (I Have Fought the Good Fight)
- B-8 / 2 Cor. 4:14-5:1 (Eternal Dwelling in Heaven)
- B-9 / 2 Cor. 5:1, 6:10 (We Walk by Faith)
- B-10 / 1 Thess. 4:13-18 (Hope for the Christian Dead)
- B-11 / 2 Tim. 2:8-13 (If We Have Died with Him, We Shall Also Live with Him)
- B-12 / 1 John 3:1-2 (The Love of the Father)
- B-13 - Revelation 21: 1-5a, 6b-7 (Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end)
Using the Funeral Planning Form, you are asked to choose one option from Sections A and B and also provide the name of person who will be reading each reading. NOTE: The parish could provide parishioners who could read in the event that there is no one from the family who would like to read.
STEP 3: Selecting the GOSPEL
The second step is to choose the Gospel reading which will be read by the priest. Click on the links below to read and choose one reading from the C section:
- C-1 / Matthew 5:1-12a (The Beatitudes)
- C-2 / Matthew 11:25-30 (For My Yoke is Easy, and My Burden Light)
- C-3 / Matthew 25:31-46 (Come, You Who are Blessed by My Father)
- C-4 / Luke 7:11-17 (Raising of the Widow’s Son)
- C-5 / Luke 24:13-16, 28-35 (The Road to Emmaus)
- C-6 / John 6:37-40 (I Shall Raise Him on the Last Day)
- C-7 / John 6:51-59 (The Bread of Life)
- C-8 / John 11:21-27 (I Am the Resurrection and the Life)
- C-9 / John 12:23-26 (Unless a Grain of Wheat Falls)
- C-10 / John 14:1-6 (I Am the Way and the Truth and the Life)
STEP 4: Selecting THE PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
Following the homily, a family member or friend may read the General Intercessions. Click on link to review and select one of the following options:
NOTE: The presiding priest will read in the event that there is no one from the family who would like to read.
STEP 5: Provide 2 names to bring THE GIFTS OF BREAD AND WINE FOR THE EUCHARIST
Bread and wine are brought to the altar for the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which will be offered for the deceased.
WORDS OF REMEMBRANCE (OPTIONAL)
One family member or friend may speak briefly in remembrance of the deceased and his/her life of faith, virtue and good works. The priest or deacon will introduce the person at the appropriate time. Families and friends are asked to preserve the sacred character of the Catholic Funeral, keeping in mind that the focus of a Catholic Funeral is Jesus Christ and the promise of eternal life. During the remarks, our praise should be directed toward God.
Once the Funeral Planning Form is completed, it is reviewed with the Liturgy & Music Director. Please inform us if there will be any Military honors or Civic Groups present such as the Knights of Columbus, VFW or Lyons Club.
AFTER YOU HAVE MADE ALL OF YOUR SELECTIONS PLEASE FILL THE PLANNING FORM OUT. Click here for form.