Funerals

The Celebration of Funeral Liturgies

INTRODUCTION

1) In the face of death, the Church confidently proclaims that God has created each person for eternal life and that Jesus, the Son of God, by his death and resurrection, has broken the chains of sin and death that bound humanity. Christ ‘achieved his task of redeeming humanity and giving perfect glory to God, principally by the paschal mystery of his blessed passion, resurrection from the dead, and glorious ascension.

2) At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of baptism and strengthened at the eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting word of God and the sacrament of the Eucharist.

3) Christians celebrate funeral rites to offer worship, praise, and thanksgiving to God for the gift of a life now returned to God, the author of life and the hope of the just. The Mass, the memorial of Christ’s death and resurrection, is the principal celebration of the Christian funeral.

4) The celebration of the Christian funeral brings hope and consolation to the living. While proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and witnessing the Christian hope in the resurrection, funeral rites also recall, to all who take part in them, God’s mercy and judgment and meet the human need to turn always to God in times of crisis.

General Introduction:    Order of Christian Funerals

While it is cause for rejoicing that our loved ones are now in the fullness of the presence of God, our human hearts still ache with grief, and our eyes fill with tears at unexpected time. The Church in her wisdom provides services to help grieving loved one to express their love and grief and gratitude, while at the same time strengthening and proclaiming their faith in the Resurrection.

At San Francisco Solano Catholic Church, we offer prayers both for those who have died and for the grieving family and friends. In addition, we provide a full range of vigil and funeral services, including Mass at the church, and graveside services prior to interment. Our staff and the Bereavement Committee are available to assist you with planning the funeral liturgy, and our Grief Support Services can help you to understand and survive the difficult period of loss following death.

General Information:

The Funeral Mass at San Francisco Solano Parish is celebrated at 10:00 am. Another option is to celebrate the Funeral Mass with the parish community gathered for the morning Mass at 8:30 am. The family of the deceased may request an alternative time to celebrate the Funeral Mass.

Stipends for liturgical musicians and a donation to the church are made directly to the parish by the family, not through the mortuary.

  • Liturgical music for the Funeral Mass is planned with the assistance of the Director of Music.
  • Eulogies at the Funeral Mass are brief testimonies about the life and faith of the deceased. They are to be limited to one or two in number and each eulogy is to be no more than three minutes in length. It is a courtesy to submit the text to the priest before the Funeral Mass. The eulogy takes place after the Prayer After Communion, near the end of Mass.
  • Flowers and flags are not permitted on the casket inside the church. They are removed before the casket is sprinkled with holy water and the white pall, symbolizing baptism, is placed on the casket. Christian symbols (crucifix, Bible, rosary) may be placed on top of the pall.
  • Pictures of the deceased may be placed inside the church near the entrance. In the case of cremains, one picture may accompany the urn in the front of the church.

 Additional Services

The Bereavement Team offers additional hospitality services. Please talk with the priest about your needs.

  • Grief Support Services are ofered to assist you with understanding the grieving process and to help you in emerging from grief in due time. Please call the Parish Office for information.
  • Each year on 2 November, the Feast of All Souls, the parish celebrates a Memorial Mass for all whose funeral liturgies have been celebrated at the parish throughout the preceding year. You will receive an invitation when the time draws near.