“In the face of death, the Church confidently proclaims that God has created each person for eternal life and that Jesus, the Son of God, by his death and resurrection, has broken the chains of sin and death that bound humanity.” Vatican Council II, Sacrosanctum Concilium, 5.
This page contains some resources for making funeral arrangements for a loved one. Some people also choose to pre-plan their own funerals so that their wishes are known.
If you have had a death in your family and need to reach someone to make arrangements, please call the church at 972-252-5521. If it is after hours please follow the instructions for the emergency line. Please also contact a local funeral home.
The principal liturgies in the Order of Christian Funerals are the (1) Vigil for the Deceased, (2) the Mass of Christian Burial (Funeral Mass), and (3) the Rite of Committal.
Vigil – A priest, deacon, or a qualified lay minister may preside at a Vigil service with readings, a rosary, etc. as part of the visitation at the funeral home. This is an appropriate time for family and friends to share memories of the deceased.
Funeral Mass –The Church will walk with you during this time of grief. We will help you plan the funeral mass and contact all needed liturgists. Here are some things you may want to consider:
Scripture Readings – You may choose the three readings fromThrough Death to Life by Joseph M. Champlin. Copies are available during your planning session. You may also find most in an online search of 'Catholic funeral readings'.
Family involvement - Some opportunities for friends/family to be involved in the liturgy are: readers (2 people), extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, and the presentation of the gifts (2 people). The church can contact parishioners for these roles if requested.
Music – The Church provides a cantor and pianist, if they are available, and guidance for song selection.
Remarks of Remembrance – A family member or friend may offer a brief reflection during the funeral mass (3-4 minutes). (The preferred time for family and friends to share memories of the deceased is at the visitation.)
Program – We will provide a funeral mass worship aid.
Reception – The Altar Guild has a funeral reception ministry. Finger foods and refreshments are provided, and it is a nice opportunity for you to greet friends without the stress of hosting at your home. There is no charge for this service. If you would like to request a reception please allow at least two days notification and how many people may be in attendance.
Rite of Committal – This is a very short rite at the cemetery, about 5 minutes long. The presider may be a priest, deacon, or a qualified lay minister. A final resting place for all remains is part of the Catholic funeral rite.
Donations: There is no charge for the funeral mass. Often families ask if they can make a contribution to the church. Should you desire to give a gift to the church, the check can be made out to Bereavement Ministry-HFN. In our experience families may make a gift to others involved in the funeral (priest, deacon, pianist, soloist, altar servers, funeral reception committee, etc.). Should you desire to do so, cash or checks made out to the individual. Again, note that there is no charge to celebrate a funeral liturgy at Holy Family. This information is simply provided as we are often asked by families what might be appropriate.
If you have any questions about funeral planning, please contact Sharon Gross.