On behalf of the pastoral staff and the people of St. Bernard’s Parish, may I offer you our sincere condolences at this time of loss. We hope to be of support to you during this difficult time, especially during the wake and funeral services for your loved one. The Catholic funeral rites are designed to give thanks to God for the gift of the life of the one who has passed away and to bring hope and consolation to those of us who remain. Your local funeral director will give you a packet with information about planning the funeral Mass at St. Bernard's, or you may download these materials using the links below. The materials will help you plan for your loved one’s funeral.
Shortly after you visit the funeral director, a representative from our Parish Consolation Ministry will contact you to discuss the wake and funeral arrangements. This person will assist you in choosing the Scripture readings and music for the funeral Mass and invite you to share some memories and qualities of your loved one. This meeting may take place at the parish office or at some other suitable location of your choosing, such as at home or the funeral parlor. I suggest you take some time in advance to review the booklet in this folder and consider your choices for Scripture readings, music, and participation in the Mass by friends and family members.
Be assured of the concern and support of the Consolation Ministry and the entire Parish of St. Bernard’s during this time of loss. Our prayers are with you now and in the days to come.
Father Ralph Sommer
For assistance in planning and participating in the Funeral Liturgy, please click on the following resources:
- Funeral Planning Book
- Funeral Music Selections
- Instructions for Readers at Funerals
- Guidelines for Words of Remembrance at Funerals