The death of a family member or loved one can be a very stressful time. Making funeral arrangements can be a very emotional time for family members.
Below is some information which may be useful in making some of those decisions prior to organising a funeral at St Anthony's Church or Resurrection Church. Please note the information below is specific to St Anthony's or Resurrection Church. Other parishes or priests may have different instructions of what is appropriate for their Church.
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There are three main funeral rites available following the death of a family member.
Viewings may be conducted prior to the Vigil prayers or Mass or service. During the vigil prayers or mass or service, the coffin/casket is to remain closed.
Placing of the Coffin
Generally, the funeral director will place the coffin at the front of the Church before the commencement of the Mass or service.
Structure of the Funeral Liturgy
The structure of the Funeral Mass or Service is broken into parts:
Eucharist - If Mass is celebrated, the gifts of bread and wine can be processed to the altar and eucharist can also be distributed by family or friends of the deceased.
Arrangements for the provision of musicians and singers are made with the funeral director. The parish has provision for the playing of CD’s or USB’s. It is recommended that the use of the sound system be tested prior to the service to ensure that CD’s or USB’s are compatible with our system.
Order of Service Booklet
The parish can prepare a single page A4 folded booklet at no charge. A photo of the deceased will need to be provided. If you wish to have a more detailed booklet, you may wish to make arrangements with the funeral director who may provide this service.
A simple service, led by the priest or funeral minister is undertaken at the graveside or crematorium prior to interment. The funeral director will negotiate a time with the cemetery for this service. It is therefore necessary for the funeral service to be concluded within sufficient time to allow for the arrival at the cemetery at the appointed time.
A standard fee is charged for all funerals and vigil prayer services for the use of the church and for the priest. The funeral director will arrange for payment of these fees. They are as follows:
Fee for Priest - $250 Graveside Prayers - $150 (additional) - (both made payable to Fr Brian)