Funerals at SMDPP
St. Martin dePorres Parish is eager to assist the family at the difficult time of the loss of a loved one. Our priests are available to help with the planning, and is present at the Funeral Mass to guide the family during the liturgy. Our parish community recognizes the right of every Catholic to have a Funeral Mass. We do our best, as well, to send a representative from the parish to pray with the family and guests at the funeral home, usually on the afternoon before the Funeral Mass. The funeral home will contact the Parish Office with the arrangements the family has decided upon.
Many families wish to plan the funeral liturgy for their loved one. When they make the arrangements with the local funeral director, the materials for planning are given them at that time, and/ or a member of the Consolation Ministry will contact the family. Included in these materials are suggested hymns to be sung along with the readings during the Mass. During the Funeral Mass the family can choose the first (Old Testament) and second (New Testament) readings that are proclaimed during the Liturgy of the Word. Should a family member or friend who is Catholic feel comfortable in doing one of the readings, they are encouraged to do so.
Readings for the Funeral Liturgy
In every celebration for the dead, the Church attaches great importance to the reading of the word of God. The readings proclaim to the assembly the Paschal Mystery, teach remembrance of the dead, convey the hope of being gathered together again in God's kingdom, and encourage the witness of Christian life. Above all, the readings tell of God's designs for a world in which suffering and death will relinquish their hold on all whom God has called his own. A careful selection and use of readings from Scripture for the funeral rites will provide the family with an opportunity to hear God speak to them in their needs, sorrows, fears, and hopes.
In the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word at the funeral liturgy, the Biblical readings may not be replaced by nonbiblical readings. But during prayer services with the family nonbiblical readings may be used in addition to readings from Scripture.
Music for Funerals