Funeral Information

On behalf of the Parish Community of the Church of the Ascension, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one.

We are here to help and support you during this difficult time. Our Funeral Coordinator will assist you in planning of the Funeral Mass and suggest ways for family and friends to be personally involved.

Music Suggestions and Scripture Readings appropriate for the Catholic Funeral Rite are shown below.
They are beautiful passages of comfort, peace, and hope.

May God’s strength and peace be with you.

Making Arrangements

Important Notes
Getting Started
Funeral Vigil
Funeral Mass
Altar Server
Paschal Candle
Funeral Pall, Holy Water, Incense
Important Notes

Please note:

This information is provided by the Church of the Ascension to assist the family of a deceased loved one in their planning of the funeral liturgy. The last pages are a planning form that can be used as a guide. When filling in the space provided, please print information clearly in order to help eliminate spelling mistakes when the Worship Aid (Program) is printed for use at the liturgy.

You will be asked by the parish secretary to select a “Contact Person” for your family. The secretary will give that name to the funeral coordinator who will assist you with liturgy planning and answer any questions you may have concerning readings, music, etc.

The family will be offered bereavement assistance by providing food that is delivered to the funeral home during visitation OR food may be served at the parish following the funeral liturgy and burial.

If you are using this information to pre-plan your own funeral, please complete the planning form at the end of the document. A copy of the completed form should be given to a trusted family member. You may also leave a copy of the completed form with the Parish Office.

Getting Started

We realize this is a difficult time, so we put this information together in order to assist you in understanding and planning for the Funeral.
It will explain some of the rituals and symbols which are used in honoring the life of your loved one, and it also contains a selection of readings and prayers.

First Step – Set the Date

Your first step in planning a Funeral is to call a local Mortuary, preferably one familiar with our Church. During your meeting with the Mortuary, they will contact our Parish Office to arrange the day and time of the Funeral “Mass of Christian Burial” for you.

Second Step – Readings and Music

Once the Funeral Mass is scheduled, our Funeral Coordinator will contact you to schedule an appointment.  At that appointment, they will walk through the Mass/Memorial Service with you and assist you in selecting the readings and music.

Funeral Vigil

The Funeral Vigil is usually held the evening before the Funeral Mass.

This service consists of Prayers, Scripture Readings, a Homily, Prayers of Intercession, Concluding Rite and Eulogies.


In the event that a family does request the use of the traditional Rosary, we will include two or three mysteries of the Rosary in the Funeral Vigil. These Mysteries include: The Baptism of Jesus taken from the Luminous Mystery, The Resurrection of Jesus, and the Assumption of Our Lady from the Glorious Mysteries.


If your loved one had a secular song that he/she liked, you can play that at the Vigil.

Family & Friend Participation

We encourage the family and friends to be involved in the Funeral Vigil by participating in the readings and leading the Rosary and Eulogies. Our Bereavement Coordinator will discuss this with you. On most occasions, one of our Deacons or Parish Ministers will be available to lead the Vigil.

Funeral Mass

The Mass is the highest point of the Funeral Rites and is the final tribute to your loved one.

Therefore, great care should be taken in planning the Funeral Mass; You will want them to speak of your loved ones and also bring you comfort and consolation.

Altar Server

Ascension provides Altar Servers for all Funerals held at the Parish.

If you have a family member or a friend who is an altar server, he/she is welcome to serve at the Mass.

Paschal Candle

Paschal Candle

The Paschal Candle stands at the head of the coffin as a reminder of the Risen Christ who has conquered sin and death and lives among us. This candle also reminds us that our loved ones share in the victory of Jesus over the powers of darkness and now shares the new life offered by Jesus Christ.

Funeral Pall, Holy Water, Incense

Funeral Pall

The Funeral Pall is a reminder of our Baptism into the Christian Community and now of our Baptism into our new life with Christ. We encourage family members to take part in placing the pall on the coffin at the beginning of the Funeral Mass and assist in its removal as the body is about to be removed from the Church.

Holy Water

The sprinkling of Holy Water at the Funeral reminds us not only of our Baptism call but that in death we also share in Christ’s Resurrection, and new life.


Since the body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, incense is used as a sign of respect for the body and of our prayers rising to the throne of God. This is our final farewell as we send our loved one home to God.

Mass of Christian Burial

Gathering Rite
Words of Remembrance (optional)
First Reading
Responsorial Psalm
Second Reading
Preparation of the Gifts
Musical Mass Setting
Communion Song
Song of Farewell
Closing Song
Funeral Planning Sheet
Gathering Rite

Please select one song for the entrance processional.

Amazing Grace
All Creatures of Our God and King
Be Not Afraid
Blest Are They
City of God
For All the Saints
Here I Am, Lord
Holy God We Praise Thy Name
I Am the Bread of Life
Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
Morning Has Broken
On Eagles Wings
To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King
We Shall Rise Again

Words of Remembrance (optional)

Should be no longer than 2 minutes. It is suggested that the family members list things that they want remembered and compile them into one reading. Select one member of the family or a close friend to deliver them. Lengthier items should be reserved for the Vigil.

First Reading

Please select a reading from the Old Testament for the First Reading

From the Lectionary for Mass, no. 1011


2 Maccabees 12:43-46

He acted in an excellent and noble way as he had the resurrection of the dead in view.

Job 19:1, 23-27a

I know that my Vindicator lives.

Wisdom 3:1-9 (short form, 3:1-6, 9)

As sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.

Wisdom 4:7-15

An unsullied life, the attainment of old age.

Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9

He will destroy death forever.

Lamentations 3:17-26

It is good to hope in silence for the saving help of the Lord.

Daniel 12:1-3

Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

To everything there is a time and a season.



From the Lectionary for Mass, no. 1012
During Easter Time, the First Reading is instead selected from among the following New Testament Readings.

Acts 10:34-43 (short form, 10:34-36, 42-43)

He is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead.

Revelation 14:13

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.

Revelation 20:11—21:1

The dead were judged according to their deeds.

Revelation 21:1-5a, 6b-7

There shall be no more death.

Responsorial Psalm

Please select one Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 23: Shepherd Me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life.

Psalm 25: To you, O Lord, I lift my soul, to you I lift my soul.

Psalm 27: The Lord is my light and my salvation, of whom should I be afraid?

Psalm 34: The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

Psalm 34: Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Psalm 103: The lord is kind and merciful.

Psalm 122: Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

Second Reading

Please select a reading from the New Testament for the Second Reading

From the Lectionary for Mass, no. 1014


Romans 5:5-11

Since we are now justified by his Blood, we will be saved through him from the wrath.

Romans 5:17-21

Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more.

Romans 6:3-9 (short form, 6:3-4, 8-9)

We too might live in newness of life.

Romans 8:14-23

We also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.

Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39

What will separate us from the love of Christ?

Romans 14:7-9, 10c-12

Whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.

1 Corinthians 15:20-28 (short form, 15:20-23)

So too in Christ shall all be brought to life.

1 Corinthians 15:51-57

Death is swallowed up in victory.

2 Corinthians 4:14—5:1

What is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10

We have a building from God, eternal in heaven.

Philippians 3:20-21

He will change our lowly bodies to conform to his glory.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Thus we shall always be with the Lord.

2 Timothy 2:8-13

If we have died with him we shall also live with him.

1 John 3:1-2

We shall see him as he is.

1 John 3:14-16

We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers.



Please select a reading from the Gospel

From the Lectionary for Mass, no. 1016


Matthew 5:1-12a

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.

Matthew 11:25-30

Come to me and I will give you rest.

Matthew 25:1-13

Behold the bridegroom! Come out to him!

Matthew 25:31-46

Come, you who are blessed by my Father.

Mark 15:33-39; 16:1-6 (short form, 15:33-39)

Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.
Luke 7:11-17

Young man, I tell you, arise!

Luke 12:35-40

You also must be prepared.

Luke 23:33, 39-43

Today you will be with me in Paradise.

Luke 23:44-46, 50, 52-53; 24:1-6a (short form, 23:44-46, 50, 52-53)

Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.
Luke 24:13-35 (short form, 24:13-16, 28-35)

Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?

John 5:24-29

Whoever hears my word and believes has passed from death to life.

John 6:37-40

Everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life and I shall raise him on the last day.

John 6:51-58

Whoever eats this bread will live forever, and I will raise them up on the last day.

John 11:17-27 (short form, 11:21-27)

I am the resurrection and the life.

John 11:32-45

Lazarus, come out!

John 12:23-28 (short form, 12:23-26)

If it dies, it produces much fruit.

John 14:1-6

In my Father’s house there are many dwellings.

John 17:24-26

I wish that where I am they also may be with me.

John 19:17-18, 25-39

And bowing his head he handed over his Spirit.

Preparation of the Gifts

Please select one song for Preparation of the Gifts

Blest Are They
Center of My Life
Christ Be Our Light
Eye Has Not Seen
Here I Am, Lord
I Have Loved You
Prayer of St. Francis
Shepherd Me, O God
We Are Many Parts
We Have Been Told
We Remember
We Walk By Faith
With the Lord
You Are Mine

Musical Mass Setting

Please select a musical Mass setting for the Eucharistic Acclamations

Glendalough Mass

Mass of Majesty

Mass of Renewal


Communion Song

Please select one song for Communion

Be Not Afraid
Blest Are They
Eye Has Not Seen
Gift of Finest Wheat
Here I Am, Lord
I Am the Bread of Life
I Have Loved You
Make Me A Channel of Your Peace
Now We Remain
On Eagle’s Wings
One Bread, One Body
Shepherd Me, O God
Song of the Body of Christ
Taste and See
The Cry of the Poor
We Are Many Parts
We Remember
We Walk By Faith
Without Seeing You
You Are Near

Song of Farewell

Please select one song for the Song of Farewell

Quietly Peacefully (Dvorak) “Quietly, peacefully, may he/she rest in you. Quietly, peacefully, bring him/her home to you.”

Saints of God (Old Hundredth) “Saints of God, come to his/her aid, come to meet him/her, Angels of the Lord. Receive his/her soul and present him/her to God, present this soul to God most high.”


Closing Song

Please select one song for the recessional

All Creatures of Our God and King
Alleluia Sing to Jesus
Amazing Grace
Canticle of the Sun
Crown Him with Many Crowns
For All the Saints
How Great Thou Art
I Am the Bread of Life
Jesus Christ is Risen Today
Let There Be Peace on Earth
Now Thank We All Our God
O God Our Help in Ages Past
Prayer of St. Francis
Sing to the Mountains
We Walk by Faith
We Shall Rise Again
You Are Near