Funeral Planning

This page is intended to assist those who recently lost someone, as well as those who wish to pre-plan their funeral. If you wish to have a Mass of Christian Burial, please take some time to prayerfully look through our selection of Mass Readings and Music choices (listed below).

Pre-Planning Form (must meet with Catholic Priest or Deacon to finalize Funeral Plans)

Mass Readings

Please select 3 total readings from the list below: First Reading from the Old Testament, Second Reading from the New Testament, and a Gospel Reading. Options listed are for Funerals for Adults. In funerals of baptized or unbaptized children, consult the funeral planning team for other possible options.

FIRST READING:
Readings from the Old Testament:

2 Maccabees 12:43-46
Job 19:1, 23-27a
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 11-12
Wisdom 3:1-9 (short form, 3:1-6, 9)
Wisdom 4:7-15
Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9
Lamentations 3:17-26
Daniel 12:1-3

During Easter Time, the First Reading is instead selected from among certain New Testament Readings:

Acts 10:34-43 (short form, 10:34-36, 42-43)
Revelation 14:13
Revelation 20:11 – 21:1
Revelation 21:1-5a, 6b-7

SECOND READING:
Readings from the New Testament:

Romans 5:5-11
Romans 5:17-21
Romans 6:3-9 (short form, 6:3-4, 8-9)
Romans 8:14-23
Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39
Romans 14:7-9, 10c-12
1 Corinthians 15:20-28 (short form, 15:20-23)
1 Corinthians 15:51-57
2 Corinthians 4:14 – 5:1
2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10
Philippians 3:20-21
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
2 Timothy 2:8-13
1 John 3:1-2
1 John 3:14-46

GOSPELS:

Matthew 5:1-12a
Matthew 11:25-30
Matthew 25:1-13
Matthew 25:31-46
Mark 15:33-39; 16: 1-6 (short form, 15:33-39)
Luke 7:11-17
Luke 12:35-40
Luke 23:33, 39-43
Luke 23:44-46, 50, 52-53; 24:1-6a (short form, 23:44-46, 50, 52-53)
Luke 24:13-35 (short form, 24:13-16, 28-35)
John 5:24-29
John 6:37-40
John 6:51-58
John 11:17-27 (short form, 11:21-27)
John 11:32-45
John 12:23-28 (short form, 12:23-26)
John 14:1-6
John 17:24-26
John 19:17-18, 25-39

Music Selection

Processional / Concluding Hymns
Choose one song for the Processional Hymn and one song for the Concluding Hymn. Hymnal numbers taken from Journeysongs, Third Edition.  

All Creatures of Our God and King – #578 
Alleluia! Sing to Jesus – #458 
Amazing Grace – #680
Be Not Afraid – #673 
For All the Saints – #504
Holy God, We Praise Thy Name – #566
Holy, Holy, Holy – #448 
How Great Thou Art – #614 
In Christ Alone – #637
I Know that My Redeemer Lives – #129
Jerusalem, My Happy Home – #758
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling – #709 
O God, Beyond All Praising – #589 
O God, Our Help in Ages Past – #672
Precious Lord, Take My Hand – #548
Sing with All the Saints in Glory – #759
Soon and Very Soon – #755
The Strife is O’er – #408
There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy – #712

Responsorial Psalms
The Responsorial Psalm is always sung. Choose one to be proclaimed during the Liturgy of the Word. Selections from this list are taken from Gather, Third Edition.

Psalm 23: Shepherd Me, O God – #31
Psalm 25: To You, O Lord – #36
Psalm 27: The Lord is My Light – #39
Psalm 63: My Soul is Thirsting – #60
Psalm 91: Be With Me – #85
Psalm 103: The Lord is Kind and Merciful – #100
Psalm 116: I Will Walk in the Presence – #108
Psalm 130: With the Lord There is Mercy – #127

Offertory Hymns / Preparation of the Gifts
Choose one song to be sung as the gifts are processed and the altar is prepared.

Amazing Grace – #680
Ave Maria (Norbet) – #483 
Be Not Afraid – #673
Be Thou My Vision – #646
Here I Am, Lord – #818
Hosea – #529
Lord of All Hopefulness – #647
On Eagle’s Wings – #671
Shelter Me, O God – #689
Shout to the Lord – #588
The King of Love, My Shepherd Is – #690
The Lord is My Light – #557
The Servant Song – #816

Communion Hymns
Choose one song for the time of receiving Holy Communion.

Ave Maria (Norbet) – #483
Behold the Lamb – #785
Bread of Life (Fisher) – #805
Gift of Finest Wheat – #791
Here I Am, Lord – #818
I Have Loved You – #623
I Received the Living God – #786
O Lord, I Am Not Worthy – #837
Prayer of Saint Francis – #702
Seek Ye First – #685 

Communion Meditation (optional)
Ave Maria (Schubert)

Song of Farewell
Jesus, Remember Me (Berthier)
Saints of God (Haas)

Mass Setting:
Gospel Acclamation
       Celtic Alleluia (O’Carrol) or during Lent, Lenten Gospel Acclamation from Mass of the Angels and Saints (Janco)
Eucharistic Acclamations
       Mass of Creation (Haugen)