Funeral Planning

Dear Friends,

We are deeply sorry for the recent loss of your loved one. Our prayers and our presence are with you and your family members as you undertake the challenging task of making arrangements for the funeral.

We trust that you will find the following information (links) helpful as you make decisions about the funeral. It contains suggestions for the liturgy. We hope this is an easy resource to make selections and to incorporate your own personal style and wishes at this important moment for your family – both in tribute to your loved one and for your future memories. 

Be assured of our prayers for you. If we can be of any help in these next few days, as well as the future months, please let us know.

God bless you,

Father Frank O’Rourke

 

 

Funeral / Bereavement
Contact Person: Ana Lothspeich - Pastoral Care Director 
704-362-5047 ext. 212

Funeral Planning

We hope that the resources provided below will be useful as you plan your loved one's funeral.

 

Catholic Prayer Service  (Church/
Funeral Home)
 

 

Mass of Christian Burial

 

Funeral Service
 at Church




 

Contact Church for Deacon/
Priest

 

Planning
 

Contact Form

Contact Pastoral Care Director

Tips on Writing a Eulogy

 

Planning
 

Contact Form

Contact Pastoral Care Director

Tips on Writing a Eulogy

Music

Funeral Song Selection

Listen to our selection of Funeral Songs.

Scripture

Psalms
Old Testament
New Testament
Gospel
Prayers of the Faithful

Reception

Reception

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bereavement Ministries

We hope that the resources provided below will be a source of comfort to you.

Special Masses for the Deceased
Grief Support Programs
Anticipatory Grief
5 Stages of Grief
Reaching out to the Bereaved

 

The Dash

I read of a man who stood to speak at a funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone, from the beginning to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth, and spoke the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time spent alive on earth. And now, only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own, the cars...the house...the cash. What matters is how we live and love, and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard. Are there things you'd like to change? For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough to consider what's true and real, and always try to understand the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more, and love the people in our lives like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect, and more often wear a smile, remembering that this special dash might only last awhile.

So, when your eulogy is being read, with your life's actions to rehash...would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash?
 Source: Linda Ellis

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