"Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them."

The death of a loved one can be a trying and stressful time. At the time of loss it may be difficult to focus on planning the funeral for your departed loved one. However, the funeral can be a wonderful tribute to him or her, and it can be part of our memories which last forever. The funeral can also offer great comfort and solace to those who mourn.

The first step is to contact the parish and a funeral director of your choice to handle the necessary arrangements.

The funeral director will liaise with the parish to schedule a time for the Mass or Service. As a general rule, the funeral mass for a Catholic is celebrated in his or her own parish church.

Once the date and time have been determined, the priest or parish secretary will contact you and schedule an appointment to meet with the parish priest.

At the meeting, the priest will help you select the readings and music, as well as answer any questions you may have about the funeral service.