Catholic funeral services

 

Carried out according to the Order of Christian Funerals, our Catholic funeral services aim to honour the dead and care for grieving family and friends. By remembering and celebrating the death and Resurrection of Christ, this mystery offers hope to all Catholics.

The Funeral Mass is usually held in the same church the deceased was a member of, or it can be held in another Catholic church if an agreement is made with the priest there. You can also hold the Funeral Mass for more than one person at a time if your request is approved by your chosen church.
 

The three stages of a Catholic funeral

According to the Order of Christian Funerals, there are three main parts to a Catholic Funeral. These include:
 

The Vigil for the Deceased

This stage is celebrated during wakes and is usually led by a deacon or priest. Although, if neither are available, an individual with experience in leading public prayers can also step in. You can choose to hold The Vigil in a church, funeral home, or private residence and offer those unable to attend the Rite of Committal or Funeral mass a chance to take part in the funeral rites.
 

The Funeral Mass

You can choose to hold The Funeral Mass on any day except for solemnities of obligation, including:

  • Holy Thursday
  • Good Friday
  • Holy Saturday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Any Sunday in Advent, Lent and Easter Season
     

The Rite of Committal

The last stage usually takes place at the graveside or cemetery chapel and is a chance to gather for prayer. This is also the appropriate time for any cultural or military customs to be carried out.

When planning a Catholic funeral, it’s important that a parish priest be present to help follow all necessary Church practices, procedures and laws.