Funeral Planning

On behalf of St. Clare Parish, we wish to express to the family and friends of the deceased our sincere condolences. The following information is provided to assist those who will be planning the funeral liturgy.

Steps to Funeral Planning:

1. Contact your chosen funeral home. They will assist you with planning and arrangements.

2. The funeral home will contact St. Clare parish office to set the date and time of the service.

3. A member of the bereavement ministry will contact you to plan the funeral liturgy. It is our privilege to assist you in planning to celebrate your loved one's life and faith.

4. If you wish to preview the approved readings for the funeral liturgy in advance of meeting with the bereavement coordinator, please follow the links provided below. Keep in mind, the ability to preview the readings is not a substitute for meeting with a member of the bereavement team.

5. Please be aware there are guidelines to follow pertaining to the selection of music. All music selections are subject to approval by the pastor and parish music director.

6. Family members and friends are welcome to serve as Lectors at the funeral Mass or service.

7. Family members and friends who are experienced are welcome to serve as Eucharistic Ministers at the funeral Mass.

8. Eulogies are not offered during the funeral Mass. They should be offered during the visitation, the burial, or at a gathering following the service.

It is the goal of the Bereavement Ministry to assist you in any way possible. Please do not hesitate to bring your concerns and needs to the bereavement coordinator when you meet. Be assured of our prayers for you and your loved ones.

May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

Pre-planning Funerals:

For various reasons, some parishioners choose to pre-plan their funeral liturgy. If you wish to pre-plan a funeral, please contact the parish office. A member of the bereavement team will be in touch with you.

Below are links to the reading options for the

1) First Reading (Old Testament);

2) First Reading (During the Easter Season);

3) Responsorial Psalm (sung);

4) Second Reading (New Testament); and

5) Gospel Reading.

During the Easter Season (Easter Sunday through Pentecost Sunday), the First Reading should be chosen from the list of New Testament readings linked below: