Funerals: The Rite of Christian Burial

If a loved one has died, please call the respective parish before contacting the funeral home so that the liturgy can be planned and church reserved.

Important Note: We ask that you speak with a representative of the Church before making funeral arrangements. While the funeral home may have availability to accommodate your family, the church or priest may not be available.

Planning Resources

The First Reading

The Responsorial Psalm

The Second Reading

A careful selection and use of readings from Scripture for the funeral rites will provide the family with an opportunity to hear God speak to them in their needs, sorrows, fears, and hopes.

In the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word at the funeral liturgy, the Biblical readings may not be replaced by nonbiblical readings. But during prayer services with the family nonbiblical readings may be used in addition to readings from Scripture.

– Order of Christian Funerals, General Introduction, nos. 22-23