The Funeral Liturgy, usually the Mass, is the central celebration of the Christian community for the deceased and takes place in the parish church. Catholics bring the body of the deceased to the church. This is the case even if cremation is chosen. This church is where their Christian journey began. In the waters of Baptism they were joined to Christ who stands victorious over death. This is where they were formed by the Word of God and fed at the Lord’s Table.

Your family and friends may serve in a variety of roles at the Funeral Liturgy, such as greeters or ushers, readers, and presenters of the gifts of bread and wine.

While the funeral Mass is the norm, there may be occasions when Mass would not be possible or appropriate. The pastor can help you with this as well as answer your other questions about the Funeral Liturgy.