If you need information about a funeral please call the church office at 704-523-4641.

Thus, funerals should be conducted with reverence and solemnity, bearing in mind that the purpose of the funeral is to pray for the happy repose of the deceased’s soul. In this respect, there’s some information you should take into consideration when preparing for a funeral.

Choosing Readings and Music

As funeral planning can be emotional and taxing, St. Ann’s endeavors to simplify this process as much as possible for your convenience. Generally speaking, families of the deceased choose some of the music and the readings for the funeral Mass (from the readings listed in the Rite of Christian Burial). As the music for funerals should fit the sacred and solemn nature of the funeral Mass, we have developed a beautiful repertoire of music from which to choose that is in keeping with St. Ann’s musical traditions. Moreover, it is the policy at St. Ann that the parish will provide all necessary liturgical ministers for funerals so as not to impose upon any grieving friends or family members.

To choose readings and music for a funeral, see below.

Old Testament Readings


New Testament Readings



Select up to three
  • Adoro Te Devote
  • Alleluia! Alleluia! (TUNE: ODE TO JOY)
  • Alleluia! Sing To Jesus
  • Anima Christi
  • Ave Maria
  • Ave Verum Corpus
  • Be Still, My Soul
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life
  • Faith Of Our Fathers
  • Father, We Thank Thee Who Hast Planted
  • For All The Saints
  • For All Thy Saints In Warfare
  • God, Whose Almighty Word
  • Hearken, Shepherd Of The Sheep
  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
  • Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God Almighty
  • How Firm A Foundation
  • How Great Thou Art
  • I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say
  • I Know That My Redeemer Lives
  • Immaculate Mary
  • Jesu Dulcis Memoria
  • In Heavenly Love Abiding
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
  • Jesus, Remember Me
  • Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
  • Let Thy People Praise Thee, Lord
  • Litany Of The Saints
  • Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
  • Love’s Redeeming Work Is Done
  • Magnificat
  • Now Thank We All Our God
  • Bless The Lord, My Soul
  • God, Almighty Father
  • God, Beyond All Praising
  • God, Our Help In Ages Past
  • Jesus Christ, Remember
  • Lord, I Am Not Worthy
  • O esca viatorum
  • Sacrament Most Holy
  • Sanctissima
  • Pange Lingua Gloriosi
  • Panis Angelicus
  • Praise To The Lord, The Almighty
  • Salve Regina
  • Shepherd Of Souls
  • Soul Of My Savior
  • The Church’s One Foundation
  • The King Of Love My Shepherd Is
  • The Lamb’s High Banquet We Await
  • The Strife Is O’er
  • To Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
  • Thy Hand, O God, Has Guided
  • What Wondrous Love Is This
  • Veni Creator Spiritus
  • Ye Choirs Of New Jerusalem

Cremation vs. Bodily Burial

While the Catholic Church now allows for Catholics to be cremated, the Church does have a clear preference for bodily burial. If you are choosing to have your loved one cremated, the Church asks that the body be present for the funeral and that the cremation take place afterwards. This is because the body itself is the primary symbol of death in the funeral liturgy, and because the body clearly calls to mind the life and death of the deceased person.

Moreover, a person’s cremated remains should be treated with the same reverence as their body, and therefore should be buried in the ground or interred in a columbarium. The Church’s understanding of the sacredness of the human body precludes such practices as “scattering” ashes or keeping an urn with a loved one’s ashes in the home for a prolonged period of time, so these practices are to be avoided.


Because eulogies are about remembering the life and accomplishments of the deceased, these are to be given at a wake or vigil service before a funeral. In fact, both the Order of Christian Funerals and the General Instruction of the Roman Missal prohibit eulogies at funeral Masses, and thus we do not allow them at St. Ann. This is because the central focus of funeral Mass is the saving mystery of our Lord’s death and resurrection. Thus, the funeral Mass is not truly a celebration of the life of the deceased, but rather a celebration of God’s mercy and the gift of salvation.


Please choose 4 or 5 of these petitions for the Prayers of the Faithful.

  1. For N. who in baptism was given the pledge of eternal life, that he/she now be admitted to the company of the saints.
  2. For our brother/sister N. who ate the body of Christ, the bread of life, that he/she may be raised up on the last day.
  3. For our brother/sister N., that God may have mercy on his/her soul, forgive his/her sins, and bring him/her swiftly into heavenly kingdom.
  4. For our deceased relatives and friends and for all who have helped us, that they may have the reward of their goodness.
  5. For the repose of the souls of all bishops, priests, deacon and religious, that their life of service to the Church may be rewarded with the eternal rest of heaven.
  6. For the conversion of sinners especially those who have fallen away from the Faith or live outside of union with the Catholic Church, that they may repent of their ways and die in the state of grace.
  7. For those who have fallen asleep in the hope of rising again, that they may see God face to face.
  8. For the family and friends of N., that they may be consoled in their grief by the Lord.
  9. For all who are assembled here in faith to pray for our brother/sister N., that we may be gathered together again in God’s kingdom.
  10. For the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, may they rest in peace.