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Bobby G Gallinger
B: 1964-04-09
D: 2017-05-25
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Gallinger, Bobby G
Muriel Pino
B: 1925-04-03
D: 2017-05-24
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Pino, Muriel
Peter Alling
B: 1936-05-28
D: 2017-05-16
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Alling, Peter
Shirley Schoof
B: 1935-01-12
D: 2017-05-13
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Schoof, Shirley
Jennifer Henn
B: 1965-05-07
D: 2017-05-12
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Henn, Jennifer
John A. Makey
B: 1932-10-30
D: 2017-05-11
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Makey, John A.
Lucille (Valenti) Kress
B: 1924-12-05
D: 2017-05-08
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Kress, Lucille (Valenti)
Richard Maskousky
B: 1944-02-20
D: 2017-05-08
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Maskousky, Richard
Pasquale J. "Pat" Moscariello
B: 1922-03-21
D: 2017-05-07
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Moscariello, Pasquale J. "Pat"
Marjorie Phyllis (Davidson) Bieber
B: 1922-10-31
D: 2017-05-04
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Bieber, Marjorie Phyllis (Davidson)
Paul R. Murphy
B: 1933-11-03
D: 2017-05-01
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Murphy, Paul R.
John N. Colombo
B: 1928-01-12
D: 2017-04-28
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Colombo, John N.
Margaret Bintliff
B: 1922-10-26
D: 2017-04-24
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Bintliff, Margaret
Catherine J. "Kate" (Furtaw) Milhomme
B: 1954-04-21
D: 2017-04-23
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Milhomme, Catherine J. "Kate" (Furtaw)
Carol J. (Farrell) Cooney
B: 1935-01-05
D: 2017-04-23
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Cooney, Carol J. (Farrell)
Robert W. White
B: 1928-12-08
D: 2017-04-19
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White, Robert W.
Anthony J. Pizza
B: 1923-06-13
D: 2017-04-19
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Pizza, Anthony J.
Michael Massa
B: 1926-12-25
D: 2017-04-17
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Massa, Michael
Joseph E. "Joe King" King
B: 1951-06-02
D: 2017-04-16
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King, Joseph E. "Joe King"
Paul J. Coughlan
B: 1933-06-25
D: 2017-04-15
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Coughlan, Paul J.
Ashley Elizabeth Samuel
B: 2000-08-09
D: 2017-04-15
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Samuel, Ashley Elizabeth

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Catholic Funeral Mass planning

Credit and many thanks to St. Mary's Catholic Church, Fort Walton Beach, Florida for developing an excellent guide to Catholic liturgy and allowing us to use their information as a base to develop our information page. We have made some adjustments based on preferences of our local parishes and have the "Through Death to Life" guide available at our funeral home for families planning Catholic funerals. In addition, all the local parishes provide support staff who contact families and assist with Mass planning.

The Funeral Liturgy

The funeral liturgy is a Catholic Mass, which includes the Communion Rite, with special prayers offered on behalf of the deceased, the family and the community.  To follow is an outline which includes where hymns are usually included.  Please note that in some parishes the family may opt for a Liturgy of the Word funeral service, which includes all the parts of the funeral Mass without the Communion Rite.

The following link to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops main page concerning bereavement and funerals from the Catholic perspective is an excellent resource:

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/bereavement-and-funerals/index.cfm

Introductory Rites: Includes the Opening prayer; Blessing with Holy Water; Placing of the Pall when a casket is present; Entrance Hymn

The Liturgy of the Word: Includes the First Reading which may be selected and/or read by a family member or friend; Responsorial Psalm-usually sung; Second Reading which may be selected and/or read by a family member or friend; Gospel Reading which is usually selected by the priest; Homily by the priest or deacon; Prayers of the Faithful which may also be chosen and/or read by a family member or friend.

The following is s direct link to readings for the Funeral Liturgy: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/bereavement-and-funerals/readings-for-the-funeral-liturgy.cfm

The Liturgy of the Eucharist: Includes the Offertory prayers and Offertory song; Optional Presentation of the Gifts by family members and/or friends; The Eucharistic Prayer; The Lord's Prayer and Sign of Peace; The Communion Hymn

Final Commendation and Farewell: Includes the Final Commendation; Song of Farewell which is often a standard selection already selected by the parish musicians; the Recessional Hymn

Music in Catholic Funerals

“Sacred music has an integral role in the funeral rites, since it can console and uplift mourners while, at the same time, uniting the assembly in faith and love. (OCF #30)  Funeral music should express the Paschal Mystery and the Christian’s share in it.  (OCF #30)  Since music can evoke strong feelings, it should be chosen with care. It should console the participants and ‘help to create in them a spirit of hope in Christ’s victory over death and in the Christian’s share in that victory.’”  (OCF #31) 

Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship
In the reference notes, OCF refers to the Order of Christian Funerals – 1989

Selecting Music

In a general sense, music that is appropriate for a Catholic Mass is appropriate for a Funeral Liturgy. We have assembled a list of common songs used at Funeral Liturgies. We encourage families to select music from our hymnals, in order to facilitate the congregation’s ability to participate in the prayer (we currently use hymnals from two major Catholic publishers, GIA and OCP). If you have questions, please contact our Director of Music Ministry.

A minimum of four songs are needed in our local parishes: an Entrance Processional, a Communion Song, and a Recessional Song. Optionally, you can select an Offertory Song and a Song of Thanksgiving following Communion. If you pick out 3 or 4 songs, we can help arrange them appropriately within the liturgy. We encourage the responsorial psalm to be sung; some recommended psalms are included in the music list below.

Responsorial Psalms

Psalm 23: Shepherd Me O God (M. Haugen) - #31 in Gather Hymnal (#481 in Music Issue)
Psalm 27: The Lord is My Light (D. Haas) - #39 in Gather Hymnal
Psalm 103: The Lord is Kind and Merciful (J. Cotter) - #99 in Gather Hymnal

Common Songs

Ave Maria (Schubert or Bach-Gounod)
Amazing Grace (traditional) - #612 in Gather Hymnal (#442 in Music Issue)
Be Not Afraid (B. Dufford) - #608 in Gather Hymnal (#434 in Music Issue)
Blest Are They (D. Haas) - #659 in Gather Hymnal (#619 in Music Issue)
Hail Mary: Gentle Woman (C. Landry) - #782 in Gather Hymnal (#708 in Music Issue)
Here I Am, Lord (D. Schutte) - #686 in Gather Hymnal (#382 in Music Issue)
How Great Thou Art (traditional) - #494 in Gather Hymnal (#413 in Music Issue)
I Am the Bread of Life (S. Toolan) - #828 in Gather Hymnal (#338 in Music Issue)
Prayer of St. Francis/Make Me A Channel of Your Peace (S. Temple) - #726 in Gather Hymnal (#492 in Music Issue)
On Eagle’s Wings (M. Joncas) - #611 in Gather Hymnal (#439 in Music Issue)
You Are Mine (D. Haas) - #649 in Gather Hymnal (#475 in Music Issue)

Solo Pieces

Panis Angelicus (C. Franck)
Ave Maria (Schubert or Bach-Gounod)
I Can Only Imagine - Bart Millard
 

Additional Selections

Center of My Life (P. Inwood) - #598 in Gather Hymnal (#514 in Music Issue)
Come to Me (M. Joncas) - #647 in Gather Hymnal
Dwelling Place (J. Foley) - #594 in Gather Hymnal (#509 in Music Issue)
Eye Has Not Seen (M. Haugen) - #638 in Gather Hymnal (#476 in Music Issue)
Hosea (G. Norbet) - #386 in Gather Hymnal (#673 in Music Issue)
Jesus, Remember Me (Taizé – J. Berthier) - #404 in Gather Hymnal (#402 in Music Issue)
Like a Shepherd (B. Dufford) - #325 in Gather Hymnal (#635 in Music Issue)
Shelter Me O God (B. Hurd) - #636 in Gather Hymnal (#478 in Music Issue)
Soon and Very Soon (A. Crouch) - #770 in Gather Hymnal (#605 in Music Issue)
The Hand of God Shall Hold You (M. Haugen) - #859 in Gather Hymnal
The Summons (J. Bell) - #700 in Gather Hymnal (#384 in Music Issue)
We Will Rise Again (D. Haas) - #438 in Music Issue

Eucharistic Songs (particularly appropriate for Communion)

Eat This Bread (J. Berthier) - #838 in Gather Hymnal (#345 in Music Issue)
Gift of Finest Wheat (O. Westendorf) - #815 in Gather Hymnal (#322 in Music Issue)
I Am the Bread of Life (S. Toolan) - #828 in Gather Hymnal (#338 in Music Issue)
One Bread, One Body (J. Foley) - #830 in Gather Hymnal (#356 in Music Issue)
Taste and See (J. Moore) - #814 in Gather Hymnal (#328 in Music Issue)

Traditional Songs

A Mighty Fortress is Our God (traditional) - #607 in Gather Hymnal (#444 in Music Issue)
Amazing Grace (traditional) - #612 in Gather Hymnal (#442 in Music Issue)
For All the Saints (traditional) - #793 in Gather Hymnal (#736 in Music Issue)
How Great Thou Art (traditional) - #494 in Gather Hymnal (#413 in Music Issue)
Jerusalem, My Happy Home (traditional) - #771 in Gather Hymnal (#597 in Music Issue)
Let There Be Peace on Earth (traditional) - #731 in Gather Hymnal (#494 in Music Issue)
Lord of All Hopefulness (traditional) - #578 in Gather Hymnal (#393 in Music Issue)
O God Our Help in Ages Past (traditional) - #614 in Gather Hymnal (#448 in Music Issue)
Sing With All the Saints in Glory (traditional – tune: Ode to Joy) - #442 in Gather Hymnal (#599 in Music Issue)
The King of Love My Shepherd Is (traditional) - #635 in Gather Hymnal (#483 in Music Issue)
Joyful Joyful We Adore You
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