The death of a loved one is a difficult time for any family. We strive as members of the Parish Team to assist in any way at such a difficult time.

Making Arrangements

Each family is invited to make arrangements in consultation with the Priest and Undertaker. 

Reposing usually takes place on the day before Requiem Mass and burial/cremation.

Removal to the Church can take place on the evening or just before the Requiem Mass. Some families opt to bring their loved one's remains home and others may opt for the funeral home.

Please note: Funeral Masses will be celebrated from Monday to Saturday only.

Suitable Times

Times for the funeral ceremonies and reposing/removal can only be arranged in consultation with the Priest and the undertaker. 

Prayers at the Wake and Removal

Families who choose to wake a loved one at home may like a priest to call to the house and conduct a Prayer Service for the deceased. This normally takes place at night at a time which is convenient to everyone. The Prayer Service includes readings, prayers, the rosary, an opportunity to reverence the body and perhaps some Sacred music. 

Planning the Funeral Mass

The Funeral Mass offers families an opportunity to celebrate a persons life through liturgy. The various aspects of the Mass, such as readings, prayers and their layout, can be planned by clicking here.

Arranging Music

Music for Funeral Masses is normally arranged through Eileen Keane (contact via Parish Office). Sacred Music only is allowed during the Requiem Mass. An alternative choice can be played as the remains are removed for burial/cremation.

Mass Servers

Mass servers are not available during the school week. The family who may know some servers themselves. Servers are available at weekends.

Readings and Prayers

The family will normally choose the readings and prayers for the Funeral Mass.  The priest is always on hand to assist with this.  There are a number of choices available here.  There is a first reading, a psalm which may be read or sung, a second reading and a Gospel. Prayers of the Faithful usually six. A booklet is available from the Priest, Parish Office and Undertakers with suggested readings and prayers. Families may choose from the templates and are welcome to compose their own prayers. 

Symbols of a Life

Symbols may be presented to the Altar at the beginning of the Requiem. They can represent their family, their faith, their work and their interests. This is an option which families may choose to include or not.  A few words of each symbol can be read out by a family member or the priest. At the Offertory the bread and wine can be presented at the Altar by close relatives of the deceased.

A Few Words

A few words about the deceased  and a few words of 'thanks' can be expressed by the family at the beginning or end of Mass,(max 3 minutes). 

This is not to be a Eulogy of the persons life. This recommended to be kept for after ther burial/cremation.


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