“At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of Baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end, nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting Word of God and the Sacrament of the Eucharist.”Order of Christian Funerals, no. 4
The Funeral Mass, which is also called Requiem Mass, is central to the Catholic Funeral.
When planning for the Funeral Mass, the following elements should be considered.
Date and Time of the Funeral. This can be arranged with the Cathedral office or with the funeral home.
Choosing a Celebrant. This can be arranged with the Cathedral office or with the funeral home.
Choosing Readers. A family member or friend may server as a lector for the Mass or service.
Choosing Scriptural Readings. There are several readings from which to choose.
Location of the Mass. Our Lady’s Chapel or the Cathedral. (During the COVID-19 pandemic, Our Lady’s Chapel is not available for use.)
Disposition of the Body. Burial or Cremation