Planning a Funeral Mass and/or a Committal Service for a loved one is a powerful experience as there is so much to process. That is why we are here to accompany you. If your loved one will have a funeral and/or committal service under the direction of the parish, please call the Funeral Ministry at 919-847-8205 x234 during office hours Monday-Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm.
If possible, when a loved one is approaching death, please contact the parish to let us know so we may provide spiritual and pastoral ministry to your loved one through a variety of ministries we offer. When a loved one passes, the first call you should make is to the funeral home. This is a list of local Funeral Homes St. Francis most frequently coordinates with – Click here
After you have made this call, please call the Funeral Ministry at 919-847-8205 x234 leave a message with information about your loved one and your contact information. A member of our team will be in touch within the next business day.
Funeral Planning Resources
To schedule a funeral, contact the St. Francis Funeral Ministry at 919-847-8205 x 234. A member of the parish staff will coordinate with your family, the priest, and the funeral home to select a date and time for the funeral liturgy.
Funeral Mass (or) Funeral Services
You may choose from two types of Funeral Liturgies:
- Funeral Mass (includes Communion)
- Funeral Service (similar to a Mass, but does not include Communion)
Funerals are offered in the Church or the Chapel at the following times (based on availability of the priest and worship space):
- Tuesday – Friday (11am | 1pm | 3:30pm)
- Saturday (11 am | 1pm)
- Funeral Mass (includes Communion)
Your family is invited to select the readings and music for the funeral liturgy. The Emmaus Minister will be happy to assist you. If you wish, you may use this Funeral Planning Sheet to make note of your selections.
Please use the following resources:
There are normally three scripture readings proclaimed at a funeral liturgy.
- First Reading:
- During most of the liturgical year, the first reading is from the Old Testament – (Options)
- During the Easter Season (Easter Sunday through Pentecost), the first reading is from the New Testament – (Options)
- The Second Reading is from the New Testament – (Options)
- The Gospel is chosen from Matthew, Mark, Luke or John –(Options)
Funeral Music – Music is a powerful expression of faith and our Christian beliefs and an indispensable part of a funeral liturgy. To see a sampling of music options, click here.
You may have a favorite scripture passage or hymn that is not listed in the options. If so, your Emmaus Minister will discuss your choice with the priest and/or music minister to see if it would be appropriate.
Prayer of the Faithful
Often a member of the family would like to offer a few words of remembrance, a short eulogy, as part of the Funeral Mass/Service. If a family member would like to do this, please note the parish policy:
- One person is invited to share the word.
- Length: no more than 500 words
- Time: no more than 5 minutes
- A copy of the text must be submitted to the Funeral Ministry at email@example.com no less than 24 hours before the Mass/Service.
It is customary to pay musicians for their ministry at funerals. Their fees are:
It is appropriate to offer an honorarium to the clergy who officiate over funeral rites. This is entirely voluntary. For those who would like to offer a gift, the suggested amount is:
Payment is by cash or check. If a check is used, please make the check payable directly to the musicians and clergy, not St. Francis of Assisi. The Emmaus Minister will provide you with their names.
PLEASE NOTE: No one will be refused funeral services if financial circumstances make it difficult for you to pay the musicians stipend or offer the clergy an honorarium. Simply make this known to the Emmaus Minister.