Generally, after the family has contacted a funeral home, their staff calls the parish to schedule the funeral and a priest is assigned to celebrate the Mass. Local funeral homes are aware of the parish's policies. This information is provided for the convenience of the family.
Funerals may be held in any of the three parish churches. Viewings may begin one hour after the start of the morning Mass. Evening viewings, however, are not possible. Eulogies are permitted at the beginning of the Mass: after the opening song but before the opening prayer. Generally, the parish chooses the musician for the funeral. If the family wishes to choose the musician, that person must first be approved by the parish.
After the funeral home has contacted the parish, a member of the bereavement committee will contact the family to arrange a meeting to plan the funeral. The committee member will help the family choose Scripture readings and appropriate hymns and collect information about the deceased for the priest celebrating the funeral Mass.
For more information, contact one of the pastoral associates.