“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 Orlando Vera, Director of Liturgy & Music, at [email protected] or 817-481-2685 x228, before meeting with the funeral directors. After confirming the church calendar and availability of clergy, Orlando 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 10:00 am and 11:00 am on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays. A funeral with or without mass is considered a Catholic funeral.
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 [email protected].
The following resources are provided to aid in your planning:
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
Please speak to the Director of Liturgy & Worship about music options.
Please speak to the Director of Liturgy & Worship about Funeral Fees.
Memorial Requests in lieu of Flowers
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: