“At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of Baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end, nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting Word of God and the Sacrament of the Eucharist.” (Order of Christian Funerals, no. 4)
When a Catholic dies, the Church celebrates a particular set of liturgical rites to help us through the immediate days of our grieving, to express our belief in eternal life, and to help us pray for the one who has died. These rites are organized into what is called the Order of Christian Funerals, which contains all the liturgical prayers, scripture readings, and blessings for use immediately following the death of a member of the Church.
When a death occurs:
Contact Scott Immel, pro-tem Funeral Coordinator at email@example.com or 817-481-2685 x234, before meeting with the funeral directors. After confirming the church calendar and availability of clergy, Scott will help set the funeral date and time, and set a planning meeting with you to finalize the rites.
Funerals at St. Francis of Assisi are scheduled at 11:00am on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays. A funeral with or without mass is considered a Catholic funeral.
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PLANNING THE FUNERAL
For the planning meeting with our Funeral Coordinator, please complete one of the forms below. Please use the following steps to ensure you save a copy for your records and that our Funeral Coordinator also gets a completed copy (when funeral arrangements are being made):
- Complete the form
- SAVE the form to your computer files using the SAVE function of the pdf editor
- EMAIL the form using the EMAIL icon on the PDF screen or by attaching it to an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following resources are provided to aid in your planning:
Please choose 1 reading from each section. Click on the underlined reading citation to read the entire text.
First Reading from the Old Testament
OT1 2 Maccabees 12:43-46 He acted in an excellent and noble way as he has the resurrection of the dead in view.
OT2 Job 19:1, 23-27a I know that my Vindicator lives.
OT3L Wisdom 3:1-9 (long form) As sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
OT3S Wisdom 3:1-6, 9 (short form) As sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
OT4 Wisdom 4:7-15 An unsullied life, the attainment of old age.
OT5 Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9 He will destroy death forever.
OT6 Lamentations 3:17-26 It is good to hope in silence for the saving help of the Lord.
OT7 Daniel 12:1-3 Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake.
Second Reading from the New Testament
NT1 Romans 5:5-11 Since we are now justified by his Blood, we will be saved through him.
NT2 Romans 5:17-21 Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more.
NT3L Romans 6:3-9 (long form) We too might live in newness of life.
NT3S Romans 6:3-4, 8-9 (short form) We too might live in newness of life.
NT4 Romans 8:14-23 We also grown within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
NT5 Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39 What will separate us from the love of Christ?
NT6 Romans 14:7-9, 10c-12 Whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
NT7L 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 (long form) So too in Christ shall all be brought to life.
NT7S 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 (short form) So too in Christ shall all be brought to life.
NT8 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 Death is swallowed up in victory.
NT9 2 Corinthians 4:14-5:1 What is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.
NT10 2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10 We have a building from God, eternal in heaven.
NT11 Philippians 3:20-21 He will change our lowly bodies to confirm to his glory.
NT12 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Thus we shall always be with the Lord.
NT13 2 Timothy 2:8-13 If we have died with him we shall also live with him.
NT14 1 John 3:1-2 We shall see him as he is.
NT15 1 John 3:14-16 We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers.
Suggested Music Selections
Any of these may be used for the Gathering, Communion or Recessional Song. Click the title to be re-directed to a youtube video of the song.
Be Not Afraid
Here I Am, Lord
On Eagle’s Wings
I Am the Bread of Life
Prayer of St. Francis
You Are Mine
Sing With All the Saints in Glory
O Loving God
I Have Loved You
I Received the Living God
Lord, You Have Come
How Great Thou Art
“It is most appropriate, when family and friends are gathered together for visitation, to offer time for recalling the life of the deceased. For this reason, eulogies are usually encouraged to be done at the funeral home during visitation or at the Vigil Service.” – from USCCB, Bereavement and Funerals
There is no cost for the use of the church for the funeral. If you wish, you may make a donation to support the ministry of the church. There is a suggested honorarium for the music ministers and clergy and you will be advised about this by the funeral home or when you meet at the church to finalize the funeral liturgy.
Memorial Requests in lieu of Flowers
We would like to suggest that families request charitable donations in lieu of flowers in the name of their loved one. The donations would be used to support the mission of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and St. Francis Outreach. Please consider adding the following to obituary notices: “The family requests that memorials be made to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church or St. Francis Outreach, 461 Wildwood Lane, Grapevine, TX 76051.” An acknowledgement of your memorial, in the name of the deceased, will be sent to the family from St. Francis Church.
If you would like to remember St. Francis of Assisi Parish in your will, please contact John Gawrys, St. Francis Business Manager, at 817-481-2685 ext. 225 for information on this process.
For more information about Catholic funerals, see the following from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops: