Funeral Rites Information

Thank you for considering Ascension to help plan your loved one’s or your own funeral needs. The loss of a family member or friend is a very difficult time for those left behind who are presented with many different choices. We put this guide together in order to assist you in understanding and planning the Funeral Rites.

This guide can be used at any time: you can make your wishes clear to your family well ahead of the time of your death by choosing a funeral home/mortuary, if you want a Vigil, a Funeral Liturgy and Committal, what readings and music you prefer, and where you want your final resting place to be, or you can refer to it when you are faced with these decisions because your loved one just passed away.

In this guide you will find an overview of the rites, actionable steps, and references. We invite you to read this guide in order to help you make your choices and complete the forms at the end. Please bring them with you to the meeting with our funeral coordinator, who is here to assist you. They are available to answer any questions you may have regarding the Church guidelines for Funeral Rites.

If you are using this information to pre-plan your own funeral, please give a copy of the completed forms to a trusted family member. You may also leave a copy of the completed form with the funeral coordinator at the parish office.

Printable Guide & Forms

The Three Components of Funeral Rites

Rituals & Symbols

Making Arrangements

Frequently Asked Questions