Funerals & Preparing for Eternal Life

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 non-biblical readings. But during prayer services with the family non-biblical readings may be used in addition to readings from Scripture.

– Order of Christian Funerals, General Introduction, nos. 22-23

Step 1:
Contact parish office or parish priest by calling 952-890-0045. After hours, call the emergency number given in the voice mail message.
Step 2:
Arrange date and time for visitation and funeral in coordination with parish and funeral home of your choice.
Step 3:
Meet with a member of our Pastoral Staff to plan the funeral liturgy.

What is a Christian Funeral?
A funeral encompasses all of the various elements that surround the way in which we mark the death of a loved one. This includes the time surrounding the moment/process of dying, the time of saying good-bye, burial and the grieving process that follows the immediate events.

What is the difference between a Mass of Christian Burial and a Memorial Mass or Service?
  • A Mass of Christian Burial takes place with the remains of the deceased person present.
  • A Memorial Mass/Service is held in memory of the deceased person, but no remains are present.
What does the Catholic Church say about cremation?
  • Cremation is accepted by the Roman Catholic Church.
  • It is preferred that the body of the deceased be present at the funeral liturgy and cremation take place afterward, but it is also acceptable for the cremation to take place first and the cremains to be present at the funeral liturgy
  • The Catholic Church requires that the cremains be buried, or interred, as a whole following the funeral, just as a body would be interred.
How is the Mass of Christian Burial or Memorial Mass/Service scheduled?
  • The time of the liturgy is arranged by the family in contact with the parish and the funeral director. Times ought not to be published or announced until all three groups have reached consensus.
  • A Mass of Christian Burial or Memorial Mass/Service may be scheduled at almost any time of the day, in coordination with other liturgies. The most frequently chosen time is 11:00 am.
  • No, Mass of Christian Burial or Memorial Mass may be scheduled on Sundays, Feast Days, or during the Paschal Triduum (Holy Thursday evening through Easter Sunday).
What about visitation?
  • Times for visitation are chosen by the family, but may depend upon previously scheduled parish events.
  • The most commonly chosen schedule for visitation includes two-three hours at the funeral home on the evening before the funeral liturgy and one hour at Mary Mother just prior to the funeral.
  • If the funeral takes place in the evening, it is common to have visitation at the church only, for two-three hours just prior to the funeral.
What about burial or entombment?
  • Burial is scheduled according to the requirements of the cemetery chosen by the family.
  • The preferred time for a burial is immediately following the funeral liturgy, in which case a priest will accompany the family to the cemetery for the Rite of Committal.
  • If the family chooses to have a meal or refreshments served immediately following the funeral liturgy and then proceed to the burial, arrangements will be made for a deacon or lay person to perform the Rite of Committal.
What about a meal or refreshments?
  • Mary, Mother of the Church has a funeral meal ministry that provides a lunch or evening refreshments for the family and loved ones of deceased parish members.
  • Arrangements for this are made at the same time the funeral liturgy is planned.

What resources are available for advance funeral planning?

  • Materials for advance planning can be downloaded from this website.
  • A funeral planning workshop is offered by the parish on an occasional basis.

Readings: Suggested Readings

Prayers of the Faithful (Intentions) Suggested Prayers

Liturgical Roles May be filled by family members or friends

  • Cross Bearer

  • Readers (1-3)

  • Gift Bearers (2-4)

  • Communion Cup Holders (2)

  • Special Speaker(s)

“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”. – Order of Christian Funerals

In the event of the death of a loved one

Please call the parish office at 952-890-0045. After office hours, dial the emergency number given in the voice mail message.


Weekend Mass Times
Saturday - 4:00p
Sunday - 8:30a, 11:00a, 6:00p

Weekday Mass - Chapel
Monday - 9:00a
Tuesday - 6:30a
Wednesday - 5:30p
Thursday - 9:00a
Friday - 9:00a