"He then took up a collection among all his soldiers, amounting to two thousand silver drachmas,
which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiatory sacrifice.
In doing this he acted in a very excellent and noble way, inasmuch as he had the resurrection of the dead in view;
for if he were not expecting the fallen to rise again, it would have been useless and foolish to pray for them in death.
But if he did this with a view to the splendid reward that awaits those who had gone to rest in godliness,
it was a holy and pious thought. Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from this sin."
- II Maccabees 12:43-46
When planning the funeral Mass you may decide on the following. Please know that at this time of loss the church can provide any or all of these, please choose what you would like but do not feel pressured.
Placing of the pall- family members may assist in placing the pall (white cloth) on the casket. The pall reminds us of the robe our parents first brought us to church in at the time of our baptism and given the gift of eternal life
Reader- 1 or 2 readers can serve at Mass. They should be people with good public speaking skills. They will read the first and second readings announcing the good news of God’s love for us and gift of salvation.
Gift bearers- 2 family members can bring the bread and wine to the altar at the time of the offertory
Eulogy- After communion it is possible for someone to offer a few final words. Eulogy means good words. It is often difficult because of emotions to do this, but if possible one person may offer a short eulogy (about 5 minutes) at the time of the final farewell at Mass.
If there are family members who are altar servers, they are welcome to serve Mass. Adult servers will be present to assist at Mass.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss further the plans for the funeral, please feel free to contact me. If there are other elements you would like to have at the funeral, please just ask.