Preparation for a Funeral Mass
Because each parish has its own procedures and people as part of their ministry for funeral preparation and bereavement, the Office of Worship and Christian Initiation offers the contents of this toolkit as a starting point for your community’s unique needs.
Please be sure to invite your musicians to customize the list according to their knowledge of appropriate repertoire.
Customize the guidelines for “Words of Remembrance” if it is the practice in your community to allow a member of the family to speak prior to the Final Commendation and Farewell. The fact that this document exists does not mean that you are obliged to observe this practice.
A copy of the booklet Through Death to Life: Preparing to Celebrate the Funeral Mass (available in any quantity through the Liturgical Book Service, Joanne DiGennaro, 856-583-6121, firstname.lastname@example.org ). This booklet is helpful to families in choosing the options for Scripture, General Intercessions, and ritual actions like placing the pall or bringing the gifts of bread and wine to the altar.
a copy or two of the Music Selection document and the guidelines for “Words of Remembrance”
As far as possible in advance of the Funeral Mass, schedule time to meet with the family.
It has been helpful (and often appreciated) if the booklet, the repertoire list, and the guidelines for Words of Remembrance are delivered to the family before the scheduled meeting with parish clergy, staff, or bereavement team. This allows them to be prepared for the planning meeting if they are so inclined.