Most Holy redeemer
It is hoped that this information will be helpful in planning the funeral liturgy for your deceased relative or friend. Family members are encouraged to review the scripture readings, music selections, Prayers of the Faithful and other options appropriate for the Mass of Christian Burial. The family representative is asked to complete the information sheet in this packet and return it to the rectory prior to the wake.
- Mrs. Christine Rojek is the Director of Music at Most Holy Redeemer. Please choose hymns from the list provided. Upon request, the Funeral Choir will sing at the funeral. All arrangements for music/musicians must be made through Mrs.Rojek. (708.560.0592)
- The Pall, a white cloth symbolic of baptism, will be placed on the casket when the casket is brought into the church. The funeral director, or the pall bearers or the family members may place the pall.
- Prayers of the Faithful are read following the homily. These may be read by a family member (see sample prayers) or the family may request that the priest choose and read prayers from the Rite of Christian Funerals.
- Members of the family are invited to present the gifts at the Offertory.The table containing the gifts of bread, water and wine is usually in front of the first pew.
- Young family members who are experienced altar servers may act in this capacity at the funeral liturgy.
- If a relative or family friend is a mandated Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist in this diocese he or she may assist with the distribution of the Eucharist at Communion.
- The Rite of Christian Funerals does not provide for a Eulogy. However, there is a provision for one representative of the family to offer a few brief remarks focusing on the faith life of the deceased. What is prepared should not exceed three minutes. It is important that this time frame be honored. Often there is another funeral or service scheduled to use the church immediately following the funeral. Remarks should be prepared in advance and written down since this is often a difficult and emotional time for the speaker. Inappropriate stories/jokes should be reserved for less formal occasions such as the memorial luncheon.
- If the family has chosen to create a worship aid/funeral booklet copies must be presented to the Priest and the Director of Music in a timely manner prior to the funeral liturgy.