Funeral Liturgy, Pre-Planning, and Preparation

“In Christ the hope of blessed resurrection has dawned,  that those saddened by the certainty of dying
might be consoled by the promise of immortality to come.  Indeed, for your faithful, Lord,
life is changed not ended,  and, when this earthly dwelling turns to dust,
an eternal dwelling is  made ready for them in heaven.”
(from the Roman Missal prayers for a funeral)

Saying goodbye to a loved one is not easy, but the church’s funeral rituals help us to honor the life of the one we loved and affirm our faith in the gift of eternal life given to us by Jesus Christ. The parish shares in your grief since we are all members of the family of God. We want to walk with you through this time of darkness into the light and hope offered by Jesus.

Saying goodbye to a loved one is not easy, but the church’s funeral rituals  help us to honor the life of the one we loved and affirm our faith in the  gift of eternal life given to us by Jesus Christ. The parish shares in your  grief since we are all members of the family of God. We want to walk with  you through this time of darkness into the light and hope offered by Jesus.

Funeral Liturgy Preparation

This section  gives specifics on planning a funeral at St. Columbkille, including options for readings and music.

  Planning the Funeral Liturgy Information
(25 KB)

Funeral Liturgy Planning Checklist
(22 KB)

  Recommended Funeral Readings (91 KB)

Sample petitions for the Funeral Mass
(9 KB)

  Music suggestions for the Funeral
Liturgy
(20 KB)

The Funeral Mass

 

Catholic Funeral Pre-Planning Resources

   Understanding Catholic Funeral Rites (2.1 MB)
This brochure can assist with the funeral planning process, helping us understand the rites the Church gives to assist families during the time of death.

Catholic Family Record Guide (6.75 MB)
Download this booklet to record information so that at the time of death, loved ones do not have to make difficult decisions without knowing your specific wishes.

  Catholic Health Care Proxy &  Advance Directive (177 KB)

  Christian Health Care Proxy &  Advance Directive (91 KB)

These two documents can be modified to include in your medical records your decisions on a health care proxy (durable power of  attorney for health care) and advance directives that are in accord with Catholic teachings in the case that one is no longer able to make decisions for oneself.  One is for Catholics and the other for any Christian desiring to follow the teachings of the Church in this area.

Catholic Cemeteries of Omaha, Nebraska
The sole mission of our five Archdiocesan Catholic Cemeteries is to minister to individuals and families during one of the most  difficult times in their lives.  This mission encompasses providing compassionate support and assistance in facilitating a loved one’s  interment in a consecrated space and the perpetual care thereafter.

End-of-Life Information

 A Catholic Guide to End-of-Life Decisions by The National  Catholic Bioethics Center  Online article describing the Church’s teachings on making  end-of-life decisions such as Advance Directives, Euthanasia, and Physician Assisted Suicide.

 Video: End of  Life Catholic Principles (YouTube, 16:52)
Excerpts from a 2012 presentation by Fr. Kevin Vogel discussing some  Catholic moral principles and end-of-life decisions.