Family & Friends Are Invited To Participate in the Funeral Mass in Several Ways.
Family and friends of the deceased, should if possible, assist in planning the funeral Mass. The selection of prayers, scripture readings and personal remarks all contribute to meaningful and personal reflections during the celebration of the Mass.
Pall Bearers & Honorary Pall Bearers
Serving as a Pall Bearer or Honorary Pall Bearer for a friend or relative is one of the most honorable duties a person could ever to be requested to perform. Although there are no firms rules requiring the number of Pall Bearers present, generally six active pall bearers are appropriate for this purpose.
There often is some physical requirement of a Pall Bearer when transferring the casket remains from the funeral home, to and from the church and again at the cemetery.
For those not physically able to act as a Pall Bearer, the recognition of a special relationship may be equally profound in the designation of an Honorary Pall Bearer. Honorary Pall Bearers are recognized and seated with the Active Pall Bearers but are not asked to provide assistance in transferring or carrying the casket.
Placing of the Funeral Pall
The Funeral Pall is a large cloth that is placed over the casket early in the the Mass celebration. The white cloth is a reflection of the day the deceased was brought into The Church in Baptism in a white garment.
Old Testament Reading
Suggested Old Testament Readings are available in a subsequent page in this website of from your funeral director.
New Testament Reading
Suggested New Testament Readings are available in a subsequent page in this website or from your funeral director. One Old Testament Text is selected.
Presentation of Gifts
Suggested New Testament Readings are available in a subsequent page in this website or from the funeral director. One New Testament Text is selected.
Family members who serve as Eucharistic Ministers in their home parishes are welcome to participate in this capacity during the Communion of the Mass. Please be sure to inform the funeral director with this information so that the names of those participating may be included in the service program and of course as a courtesy to the celebrating clergy.
Remarks of Remembrance – Eulogy
In some churches a time of personal reflection is allowed by the Pastor. It consists of one person designated by the family who may speak briefly, about five minutes, about their personal relationship with the deceased. Although humor and good natured reflections are always welcome, at no point is it appropriate to use foul or off color language or suggestive innuendos. Private or inside jokes are also not appropriate. Out of courtesy to the Priest and those in attendance, please make every effort to work within these requests.