FUNERAL GUIDELINES

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
Psalms
New Testament Readings
 
Hymns
  • All Creatures of Our God & King
  • Alleluia! Alleluia! (Hymn to Joy)
  • Alleluia! Alleluia! Let the Holy Anthem Rise
  • Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
  • At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • Behold the Lamb (Willett)
  • Blessed Jesus, At Thy Word
  • Blest Are the Pure in Heart
  • Christ, the Lord, is Risen Again
  • Christians, Let Us Love One Another
  • Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life
  • Crown Him with Many Crowns
  • Draw Near & Take the Body of the Lord
  • Eat This Bread
  • Faith of Our Fathers
  • For All the Saints
  • From All Thy Saints in Warfare
  • Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise
  • Hearken, Shepherd of the Sheep
  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
  • Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty
  • Holy Patron, Thee Saluting
  • How Great Thou Art
  • How Firm A Foundation
  • Humbly, Lord, We Worship You
  • I Am the Bread of Life
  • I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
  • I Know That My Redeemer Lives (Duke Street)
  • I Received the Living God
  • I Sing the Mighty Power of God
  • In Heavenly Love Abiding
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
  • Jesus, Meek and Lowly
  • Jesus, Remember Me
  • Jesus, Son of Mary
  • Keep in Mind
  • Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
  • Litany of the Saints
  • Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
  • Love’s Redeeming Work is Done
  • Now Thank We All Our God
  • O Bless the Lord, My Soul
  • O God, Almighty Father
  • O God, Beyond All Praising
  • O God, Our Help in Ages Past
  • O Lord, I Am Not Worthy
  • O Lord of Heaven, Whose Love Profound
  • O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High
  • O Sacrament Most Holy
  • O Thou, The Son of God Most High
  • Panis Angelicus
  • Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
  • Praise to the Lord
  • Sanctify Me Wholly
  • Shepherd of Souls
  • Sing With All the Saints in Glory
  • Soul of My Savior
  • The King of Kings, Christ Jesus Reigns
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is
  • The Strife is O’er
  • Thy Hand, O God, Has Guided
  • To Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
  • Unless A Grain of Wheat
  • We Walk By Faith (Bridge)
  • What Wondrous Love is This
  • 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.

Eulogies

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.

Petitions

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.