Funeral Guidelines"I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die." (John 11:25-26)
The Catholic funeral rites celebrate the mystery of our life, death and resurrection in Christ. Through Baptism we enter into this mystery. We live our lives in the hope of sharing eternal life with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit when we complete our passage through death. For Christians, death in Christ results in life in greater abundance. This new life, like a seed, was planted in us at Baptism, flowered during our lifetime, and at death yields a rich harvest. Faith in this mystery should motivate people arranging the funeral of a loved one. With this in mind, and praying with you in this time of grief and loss, we present the funeral guidelines for our Cathedral parish.
Planning the Funeral Service
The Cathedral clergy and staff meets with family members to assist them in planning for the funeral Liturgy [and/or wake service] of their loved one. Planning includes assistance with choosing readings, music, and as well as assistance with logistics for the funeral Mass. The Cathedral also offers hospitality of a light lunch following the funeral hosted by the Cathedral guild volunteers. The local Funeral directors do an excellent job keeping the Cathedral clergy and staff in the loop whenever a death has occured within the parish community.
WHO CAN BE BURIED WITH A FUNERAL MASS
Catholic burial, including the funeral Mass, is permitted for a baptized non-Catholic who might reasonably be presumed to desire or prefer Catholic burial services. Such a decision would be appropriate where the non-Catholic party worshiped regularly at the Catholic Church or identified with the Catholic Church more than any other. It would not be appropriate if the deceased were an active member of a non-Catholic Christian Church, except in cases where the minister of the deceased was unavailable. (Canon 1183.3)
Catholic Cemetaries in the Diocese of Kansas City~St. Joseph
Funeral arrangements begin with a meeting with the funeral director. Next the Cathedral parish is contacted,[usually by the funeral home] where a priest will confirm the time for the funeral Mass. Later the Cathedral parish will contact the family to discuss the music and liturgy details of the Mass of Christian Burial.
A VIGIL OR WAKE SERVICE
VIEWING THE BODY
PHOTOGRAPHS AND MEMORABILIA
CELEBRATING THE MASS OF CHRISTIAN
BURIAL AT THE CATHEDRAL.
Liturgical signs and symbols affirm our Christian belief during the celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial. The Easter candle reminds us of Christ’s presence among the Christian community, His victory over sin and death, and our share in the victory by virtue of our baptism. The casket is sprinkled with holy water reminding us of the saving waters of baptism. The funeral pall reminds us of the white garment worn at baptism when we were born into eternal life. Incense is used during funerals as a sign of honoring the body of the deceased and is a symbol of our prayers rising to heaven before God.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE CATHEDRAL FUNERAL PLANNING SHEET. Please download the PDF, complete the requested information and click the submit button to send it via email to the Cathedral.
The entrance hymn, communion hymn and recessional hymn are music that the congregation should be encouraged to sing, as well as the usual service music and responses. Solos are more appropriate as a prelude, during the presentation of the gifts, and as a postlude after the recessional. Guest musicians must work through the Cathedral parish Music Coordinator. If they are not familiar with the Catholic liturgy, then a Cathedral parish cantor must be present at the funeral Mass. Use of recorded music in the liturgy is not permitted. CLICK HERE for music suggestions for funerals
PALL AND CANDLE
PRESENTATION OF GIFTS
In 1989 the Vatican published the revised Order of Christian Funerals (OCF) for the United States. The long-standing prohibition of eulogies at Catholic funerals was again upheld and restated. "A brief homily based on the readings should always be given at the funeral liturgy, but never any kind of eulogy." [OCF # 141] In the revised General Instruction of the Roman Missal promulgated by John Paul II in year 2000 (GIRM 2000), this prohibition of eulogies was again restated: "At the Funeral Mass there should, as a rule, be a short homily, but never a eulogy of any kind."
The eulogy therefore is NOT part of the Mass of Christian burial. Eulogies that recounts the life of the deceased by family members or friends are encouraged and most appropropriate at the wake service and at the cemetery/graveside or at the luncheon following the funeral. Some families use the wake service for a time of memories for the deceased with an open podium.
CHURCH STIPEND, FEES FOR FUNERALS
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