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Steps to Funeral Planning

  1. Please contact your selected Funeral Home – preliminary planning and arrangements.
  2. The Funeral Home will contact our Parish to set up a mutually convenient day/date.
  3. Choice of Service at our Parish: with or without the Eucharist.
  4. Another option is a Service at the Funeral Home, with a Deacon presiding.
  5. A volunteer from our Bereavement Ministry will call the family's contact person to set up a time for the planning of the Service. Please remember that our goal is to minister to you and your family at this time.  We are here to help you in your planning for celebrating your loved one's life and faith. 
  6. Please be aware that there are guidelines we follow pertaining to the music.  Music for the Funeral Liturgy is always focused on God’s love for us.  Jesus Christ, the Son of God, lived here on earth among us!  The cornerstone of our faith is the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus.  Any music pertaining to our Blessed Mother is usually sung before the Liturgy begins.
  7. When music is selected for the Funeral Liturgy, the family is assisted by the Corpus Christi funeral planner.
  8. Corpus Christi has a group of dedicated musicians who provide music during Funeral Liturgies.  It is our honor to serve you as you remember your loved one.
  9. Family members or friends that are trained as Lectors are welcome to serve as Lectors at the Liturgy. Proclaiming the Word of God at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is a sacred ministry.
  10. Family members or friends that are trained as Extraordinary Ministers are welcome to serve as Communion Distributors at the Funeral Mass. They may assist the presider in the offering of the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ.
  11. It is often appropriate, when family and friends are gathered together for visitation, to offer time for recalling the life of your loved one. For this reason, eulogies are encouraged to be delivered during the visitation if held at the funeral home, at the burial, or at a gathering following the service. (The General Instruction of the Roman Missal #382, which regulates the celebration of Mass, tells us, “At the Funeral Mass there should, as a rule, be a short homily, but never a eulogy of any kind.”) (usccb.org/liturgy/current/ chapter8.htm)

If there is anything that the Parish can do to help you and your family during this difficult time, please do not hesitate to ask.  May your loved one rest in peace, and may the Good Lord strengthen your hearts and give tranquility to your souls.  Please call the Parish Center Office with questions, 513-825-0618.

Pre-Planning Funerals

  1. Planning funerals in advance has proven to be very beneficial for some of our parishioners’ families. Choosing to pre-plan one's funeral often eases the stress of needing to make many complex decisions during the difficult time immediately following the death of a loved one.
  2. A Pre-planning appointment can be made by calling the Parish Center Office and giving your name and phone number. A Bereavement Ministry Representative will contact you to set up a time to review the materials and fill out our planning documents, which will be maintained on file.
  3. The materials used for planning funerals includes lists of Scripture passages for the First and Second Readings and the Gospel, music selections, names of pall bearers, gift bearers, etc.
  4. All the planned ideas are written on our form that will serve as a guideline in the future, when the final planning takes place in the days preceding the funeral.

 Please call the Parish Center Office with questions, 513-825-0618.