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)