Funeral Planning

I. Letter from our Pastor

Dear Friends,

We are deeply sorry for the recent loss of your loved one. Our prayers and our presence are with you and your family members as you undertake the challenging task of making arrangements for the funeral.

We trust that you will find this booklet a help in making decisions about the funeral. It contains suggestions for the liturgy. We hope this is an easy resource to make the selections and to incorporate your own personal wishes and style at this important moment for your family – both in tribute to your loved one and for your future memories. As difficult as this moment may be, we sincerely hope that it provides you with the most positive feeling that is humanly possible.

Be assured of our prayers for you. If we can be of any help in these next few days, as well as the future months, please let us know.

God bless you,
Father Frank O’Rourke


II. Wake and Funeral Preparation

III. Planning the Mass of Christian Burial

1. Family Contact Form

2. Order of Service Planning Sheet


3. Music Selections

4. Presentation of the Gifts

5. Eulogy

6. Symbols of our Catholic Faith

7. Guidelines for Receiving Holy Communion

IV. St. Gabriel Bereavement Ministry

1. Wake Receptions
2. Funeral Receptions
3. Memorial Masses
4. Special Masses During the Year
5. Prayer Ministry

V. Memorial Gifts

VI. Financial Considerations

VII. Grief Support Groups