The mystery of death and resurrection is at the heart of Christian belief. Our Catholic funeral rites reflect hope in eternal life through Jesus Christ (Jn 3:15-16, 36); spiritual support for the deceased's soul and prayers for the comfort of their surviving loved ones (2 Mac 12:39-45; Ps 119:49-50; Isa 40:1-2; 2 Cor 1:3-7; 1 Thess 4:13-18); honoring the body (Tob 1:17; Sir 38:16); and the love of God manifest in Christ (Rm 8:38-39). These rites enable the Christian community both to mourn and to hope, by focusing on the mystery of the death and resurrection of Christ.

Suggested Funeral Readings

The following lists of Scriptures are appropriate for use at Catholic Funeral Masses. One reading is chosen from each the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Gospels. (Other Scripture passages may be used on approval.)

pdf Funeral First Readings (524 KB)

pdf Funeral Second Readings (640 KB)

pdf Funeral Gospels (514 KB)

Music at Funerals

Sacred Music is integral to the liturgical life of the Church’s worship of God. Because the funeral Mass is a public act of liturgical worship of the Church, the parish is ultimately responsible for the music in the liturgy to assure that the music for the funeral is sacred in nature and reflects the idea of resurrection and hope. The music for the funeral liturgy is selected with the assistance of the Music Director who will help chose music selections that are suitable to the sacred nature of the funeral Mass. St. Margaret Mary musicians and cantors will provide music for all funerals. If a family requests, additional qualified soloists or instrumentalists may be added at the discretion of the Music Director.

pdf Music for Funeral Masses (400 KB)

CLICK HERE for the Funeral Luncheon Recipes

This great ministry needed to be open to ALL members of the parish (including men!).

We need people to provide food, set-up, serve, and clean up. We also have a need for “runners.” Those are the men and/or women who would be willing to run to the store and pick up necessary items.

  • Food Providers: Will offer to bring items requested for the funeral. Items might include things like salad, potato casserole or a dessert.
  • Set-up People: Workers would typically volunteer from 9:00-11:00 and duties would include putting linens on the tables, making coffee, setting out paper goods, etc… There is a “to do” checklist to refer to (and a chairperson to give you guidance).
  • Serving People: Workers would typically volunteer from 11:00-1:00 and duties would include setting out the food on the serving line, replenishing as needed. Duties would also include cleaning up afterwards (washing & putting away dishes, etc…). A “to do” checklist is available and the chairperson for guidance.
  • Runners: Volunteers who are willing to run to the designated stores and pick up the necessary items for the funeral luncheon (i.e. fried chicken, ham & cheese, etc…). Items would typically be dropped off to the Suneg Center by 9:30am the day of the funeral.
  • Chairperson: Are you a take charge kinda person? Then this might be just the job for you! We need women AND men who are willing to learn the layout of the kitchen and the protocol for setting up, serving and cleaning up funeral luncheons. You will be given the necessary training.

Afraid to commit? Call the Parish office and we can talk to you in more detail.

Ready to try it once? Submit the form below and we’ll contact you about dates.

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