Personalized Liturgical Planning

Having over 10 years experience in liturgical planning and having studied it extensively while obtain his degree in Theology from Fordham University, John Heyer II will be able to walk you through the rich rites and rituals of the Catholic Funeral Mass ensuring it is a most fitting tribute to the life of your loved one.

HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ANSWER IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CUSTOMIZE THE FUNERAL MASS OF YOUR LOVED ONE:

Are there individuals that would like to be honorary pall-bearers at church and assist in bringing your loved one to the Altar and draping the casket with the pall? You may select as few as one or as many as eight people for this honor.

Would family or friends like to be lectors and read at the funeral Mass?
There can be one or two readers at the funeral Mass, the 1st reading is taken from the Old Testament funeral readings and the second from the New Testament funeral readings. If only one reader is preferred only a New Testament reading is necessary. If no readers are chosen the priest celebrating the Mass will do the readings. Readings (create link to readings)

Would someone like to present the gifts to the priest during the offertory?
Typically 2 gifts of Bread and Wine are presented to the priest during the offertory. If more then 2 people would like to present the gifts arrangements can be made within reason.

Has someone prepared a eulogy?
It is not in the Catholic tradition to give eulogies during the Catholic Funeral Mass, however upon request eulogies are regularly permitted as long as they have been written out and the priest has been notified prior to the Mass. Other appropriate times for eulogies may also be during the wake or during the cemetery or crematory service.

MUSIC FOR THE MASS

If you would like to make the music extra special and personalized, a wonderful way to add to the richness and elegance of the Funeral Mass is to include additional musicians – instrumentalists and/or vocalists.

This can be offered as a gift in lieu of flowers or other memorial gifts, and we are happy to arrange this for you. We especially recommend the accompaniment of the trumpet, whose majestic sound gives the music a tone of dignity and hope.

If you wish to customize the Funeral Mass of your loved one please mention it during the arrangements conference and John Heyer II will be sure to assist you.

If you wish to choose music selections, you may choose up to four hymns for the Funeral Mass: one each for the Entrance, Offertory, Communion, and Recessional.

Select your hymns by category:
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