Considerations When Planning A Funeral at Christ, Our Light!
Initial Contact with Christ, Our Light! When a Death Occurs: Your funeral director will contact our parish office to notify the parish of the identity of the deceased and to arrange the date and time of the service.
If you intend to have a visitation at the church the day of the service, usually it will be scheduled for the thirty minutes prior to Mass.
Unless otherwise stipulated by you, an announcement will be sent electronically to parishioners regarding the death, as well as visitation and funeral arrangements.
You will be asked to suggest a time when Father can contact you and the family at the funeral home to discuss the Mass.
While conferring with the parish staff person, you will be asked about a musician. You can choose to use one of the parish music directors or hire someone outside of the parish who is a personal choice of the family. There are four possible opportunities for choosing musical elements. These will be explained further on.
You will also be asked if you wish to make arrangements for a reception in our social hall after the Mass. If the facility is available and you decide to use our services, you will be given several options to consider. The final section of this brochure will guide you through that process
Conference with Father: This is the time to remember those details about the deceased that you would like presented during Father’s homily. It is helpful to think about them ahead of time, maybe write them down; ask others for their input. Relax, enjoy the memories, don’t worry about the tears; this is a very important opportunity to give Father your insight.
Personalizing the funeral service –
You will discuss three options for the Mass.
Leave the planning in Father’s hands. or
Give Father a list of hymns and/or readings you or the deceased’s family found particularly meaningful. Then let Father make the decisions, or
Choose to personalize specific areas. You will be given a book to help you with this; however, there are primarily five readings and four opportunities for selections of music.