The Funeral Mass

The Funeral Mass especially expresses our faith in Jesus’ victory over death, and our personal share in that resurrection. It does so through prayers and blessings, through songs and readings, through ceremonies and symbols. Having funeral rites in the presence of the body of the deceased is still the expressed ideal of the Church; however, bringing the cremated remains to the Mass is also acceptable. A table is available near the Sanctuary for an urn, and a photo and/or flowers if you wish. The family of the deceased person may choose scripture readings and music for the Mass. Several local Funeral Home representatives are available to help you through the necessary planning and preparation. Many of them have placed an advertisement on the back of St. Cecelia’s weekly parish bulletin. For more information, please pick up a bulletin at the entrances of the church.

Service Opportunities

Consider becoming a part of our Funeral Ministry.

We are always looking for:

  • Altar Servers
  • Lectors

Sample of Funeral Readings:

Sample of funeral readings:

Old Testament, first reading

Revelation 21: 1-7 (during the Easter season)
Isaiah 25: 6-9
Daniel 12: 1-3
Wisdom 4: 7-14
Maccabees 12: 43-46

New Testament, 2nd Reading (Epistle)

1Corinthians 13: 1-13
Romans 5: 5-11
Romans 5: 17-21
1Corinthians 15: 20-28
John 3: 14-16

“There Is an Appointed Time for Everything, and A Time for Every Affair Under the Heavens. a Time to Be Born, and A Time to Die; a Time to Weep, and A Time to Laugh; a Time to Mourn, and A Time to Dance; a Time to Loveā€¦” Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
Please Contact Laura Askins in The Parish Office at (727) 447-3494