Funerals

“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 Denise Brooks, Director of Music & Liturgy at dbrooks@sfatx.org or 817-312-4700, before meeting with the funeral directors. After confirming the church calendar and availability of clergy, Denise 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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Scheduled Funerals

Fri 19

Funeral for James Bemis

October 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

PLANNING THE FUNERAL

For the planning meeting with Denise, please complete one of the forms below.

The following resources are provided to aid in your planning:

Funeral Readings

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
Hosea
You Are Mine
Wondrous Love
Sing With All the Saints in Glory
O Loving God
I Have Loved You
I Received the Living God
Lord, You Have Come
We Remember
Amazing Grace
How Great Thou Art

Eulogies

“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

Fees

St. Francis of Assisi parish does not charge a fee for a funeral. The cost of the church, music and clergy are born by the parish, as burying the dead is a corporal act of mercy. However, in keeping with the Catholic tradition of stewardship, families are encouraged to donate an appropriate amount consistent with their financial circumstances, to support the ministry of the Church.

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.

Planned Giving

 

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:

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