We encourage the family’s participation in the funeral liturgy. Guidelines have been created to help you through the planning process along with a planning sheet that will offer suggestions with the practical details (the Guidelines / Planning Sheet is available in pdf format). Family involvement may include:
- Choosing appropriate music
- Presenting the gifts at the Offertory
- Ministering as lector, altar server or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
- Giving a brief reflection in gratitude for the life of the deceased
If you choose not to do any of the above, that is perfectly all right. The priest will take care of it. If you wish to give some facts about the deceased, please submit these, along with the planning sheet, to the priest at the wake service the day before the funeral liturgy.
Two members of our Ministry of Consolation will visit the wake to help you in planning the Liturgy.
Thank you and God bless you,
Rev. Monsignor Fernando Ferrarese