The loss of a loved one can be one of the most agonizing and daunting experiences in life, and the planning for the service where you remember them, can be just as difficult to manage. No matter how expected it may be, the actuality of loss brings us to a moment of evaluation and recollection. At Corpus Christi, our community of faith does our utmost to be a pillar of strength for your family in this time of need.
We believe that nothing expresses a celebration better than the involvement of family members and friends in the mass. Below are opportunities in the mass where family and friends are able to participate:
Proclaimers of the Word (1st and 2nd Readings lectors)
Prayers of the Faithful
Presentation of Gifts (bringing up the Bread and Wine during Offertory)
Words of Remembrance
A cantor and accompanist are needed for the mass. The fee is $150 each for the cantor and the accompanist. Outside musicians are allowed and must be knowledgeable on the liturgy of the Catholic Church. Outside music is also allowed. Outside musicians and music must be approved by the Church for liturgical and sacred appropriateness. Payments must be received by the Liturgical Coordinator on behalf of all musicians prior to the service.
For the convenience of the family, all mass readings can be found online via the parish website. Family members can select the readings of their choosing or opt to have the Liturgical Coordinator make the selections on your behalf. Alternate reading options may be considered and used for the service once approved by the Church. Below you are able to find approved readings for funeral liturgies.
You have been invited to offer words of remembrance at the Funeral Liturgy for a person dear to you. This is a great honor and responsibility. This guide is offered to help you plan and deliver your remembrance well.
Only one person is allowed to offer words of remembrance
Use your own words and speak from your heart.
Prepare your remembrance in writing. It makes your delivery easier for you and your thoughts clearer to the listener.
You might read the scripture texts that the family has selected. It may bring to mind a specific quality or an incident or a deed which symbolizes his or her faith.
Please keep your remembrance short – between 3 and 5 minutes. That is about one page of printed text.