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We are all confronted with the death of someone close, at one time or another.  This liturgy allows us to gather together and celebrate our faith and hope in the resurrection.

Guidelines for Funerals:

  1. First, contact the funeral home of your choice.  They will contact the parish office to set the date and time of the funeral and request a time for you to meet with the priest.  The Music Director will also be present at that meeting.

  2. A funeral luncheon is provided by the parish either at your home or in De Sales Hall, according to availability.

  3. The remains or cremains of your loved ones may be brought to the church for a funeral Mass or service followed by a burial.  You may also have the body cremated after the Mass and then buried.  Cremains are to be treated with the same dignity and respect as the casketed remains.

Music at Funerals/Memorial Services:  

Typically, a cantor, accompanied by an organist/pianist, leads the assembled family and friends in the music at a funeral/memorial service.  The Resurrection Choir (see below) is a frequent addition.  We will assist the family in choosing musical selections that reflect the wishes of the deceased and/or the family, and we will do our best to accommodate special requests.  Please note, though, that music during the funeral/memorial liturgy must be sacred in nature.  Secular music, while often beautiful and/or meaningful, is more suitable at the wake/visitation, at the gravesite, or at the reception that usually follows.

Resurrection Choir: 

Did you know that OLGC has a choir that sings for funerals? A small but dedicated group of amateur singers rehearses and sings at funerals to help support the music at a service where family and friends of the deceased might be unable to express their faith in song. When you meet with OLGC's funeral prep staff, you will be asked if you would like the Resurrection Choir to participate.

The Funeral Ministry is a ministry of consolation with words of faith and support and acts of kindness.  The role of the funeral minister is for the family and friends of the deceased who assemble on the day of the Funeral.  They greet the family and guests, support and guide those proclaiming the Word, instruct the gift bearers, help with distribution of Holy Communion, and assist with movement outward at the conclusion of the funeral.

An experienced minister who will work with you on a regular basis until you are comfortable and able to minister alone provides training. All Funeral Ministers are part of a rotation system.

Funeral Calendar

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