Planning a funeral for yourself or for a loved one can be a stressful process. Thankfully, the Church provides a great deal of guidance in planning a funeral liturgy that is both solemn and beautiful. While the funeral liturgy may focus on the life of the deceased, remembering with joy the blessing that they were to us in this life, the Catholic Church does not consider a funeral liturgy merely a “celebration of life,” as some other Christian traditions do. The true spirit of the Church’s funeral liturgy is meant to acknowledge the sadness that death brings while at the same time emphasizing our joyful hope in eternal life. Consequently, the main purpose of the Church’s funeral liturgy is to provide comfort and consolation to the grieving family and loved ones and to encourage them to continue to pray for the deceased as they make their final journey towards eternal life in heaven.
The following directives will guide you in making decisions regarding liturgical selections and other practical matter so that the funeral liturgy and subsequent disposition of remains will truly be appropriate and respectful. The selections for music and readings are numerous; please do not feel compelled to review all the different possible selections. If you would like the priest or deacon to choose some of the more common hymns and readings, please let him know. If you would like to choose the music and readings yourself, please review the music guidelines and scripture reading selections included in our Funeral Planning Guide.
If you are planning a funeral for a loved one who has recently died, please contact the pastor’s office at 678-385-9420 as soon as possible to begin making arrangements, preferably before making final scheduling arrangements with the funeral home. If there is any other assistance you need, please feel free to me. Please be assured of my prayers for you and your family during this difficult time of loss. Click here to download our Funeral Planning Guide.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Neil Dhabliwala
St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church