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Funeral Planning

Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted…

The Funeral Liaison Ministry of Espiritu Santo Parish has been developed with the hope of assisting those who have lost a loved one with Funeral Mass planning. As a parish family, our mission is to journey with the bereaved family at this most stressful and emotional time of their life. We have a team of trained volunteers available to assist families or individuals with everything involved in planning the Funeral Mass. We also offer Pre-planning for the living. Pre-planning one’s funeral Liturgy is a prayerful and profound experience that gives the planner insight into the beauty of the Liturgy and hope during the journey of life. We offer two pre-planning seminars per year.

On this web page you will find:

Scriptures

Songs

Hymn Selections

Gathering Songs

All Creatures of Our God and King

Amazing Grace

Be Not Afraid

Be Still My Soul

Christ Be Our Light

City of God

Come to Me

Come to the River

For All the Saints

Healing River of the Spirit

Here at This Table

Here I Am, Lord

Hosea

I Am the Bread of Life

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

In This Place

Jerusalem, My Happy Home

Like a Shepherd

Morning has Broken

On Eagle’s Wings

Shall We Gather at the River

Sing With All the Saints in Glory

The King of Love My Shepherd Is

This Day God Gives Me

We Walk by Faith

Where My Father Lives, There is Room for All

You are Mine

Offertory Songs

Age to Age

All Creatures of Our God and King

Amazing Grace

Be Not Afraid

Be Still My Soul

Blest are They

Center of My Life

Change Our Hearts

Christ Be Our Light

City of God

Come to Me

Come to the River

Eye Has Not Seen

Hail Mary, Gentle Woman

Healing River of the Spirit

Here at This Table

Here I Am, Lord

Hosea

How Can I Keep From Singing

How Great Thou Art

How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

In Every Age

In the Land There is a Hunger

In This Place

Jerusalem, My Happy Home

Keep in Mind

Like a Shepherd

Lord of all Hopefulness

Lord You Have Come/Pescador de Hombres

Morning has Broken

Now We Remain

O Breathe on Me, O Breath of God

O God, You Search Me

O Loving God (may be used as Song of Farewell)

On Eagle’s Wings

One Lord

Only This I Want

Parable (For Everything there is a Season)

Prayer of St. Francis

Precious Lord, Take My Hand

Roll Away the Stone

Seek Ye First

Shall We Gather at the River

Shelter Me, O God

Shepherd Me, O God

Sing With All the Saints in Glory

Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling

Soon and Very Soon

Stand by Me

The King of Love My Shepherd Is

There is a Balm in Gilead

There is a Longing

This Alone

This Day God Gives Me

Turn to Me

Unless a Grain of Wheat

We Have Been Told

We Remember

We Walk by Faith

We Will Rise Again

Whatsoever You Do

Where My Father Lives, There is Room for All

You are Mine

You are Near

Communion Songs

Age to Age

Be Not Afraid

Behold the Lamb

Blest are They

Bread for the World

Bread of Life Farrell

Bread of Life Fischer

Bread, Blest and Broken

Center of My Life

Change Our Hearts

Christ Be Our Light

Come to Me

Come to the River

Eat This Bread

Eye Has Not Seen

Gift of Finest Wheat

Here at This Table

Here I Am, Lord

How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place

I Am the Bread of Life

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

I Received the Living God

In Every Age

In the Land There is a Hunger

In This Place

Keep in Mind

Like a Shepherd

Lord You Have Come/Pescador de Hombres

Now We Remain

On Eagle’s Wings

One Bread, One Body

One Lord

One Love Released

Only This I Want

Pan de Vida

Panis Angelicus

Precious Lord, Take My Hand

Shelter Me, O God

Shepherd Me, O God

Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling

Stand by Me

Taste and See

The Supper of the Lord

There is a Longing

This Alone

This Bread That We Share

To Be Your Bread

Turn to Me

Unless a Grain of Wheat

We Have Been Told

We Remember

We Will Rise Again

Whatsoever You Do

Where My Father Lives, There is Room for All

You are Mine

You are Near

Sending Songs

Age to Age

All Creatures of Our God and King

Amazing Grace

Be Not Afraid

Be Still My Soul

Blest are They

Christ Be Our Light

City of God

For All the Saints

How Great Thou Art

I Know That My Redeemer Lives

I Received the Living God

Jerusalem, My Happy Home

Jesus, Remember Me

Lead Me, Lord

Let There be Peace on Earth

Like a Shepherd

Morning has Broken

O Loving God (may be used as Song of Farewell)

On Eagle’s Wings

Parable (For Everything there is a Season)

Prayer of St. Francis

Roll Away the Stone

Shall We Gather at the River

Sing With All the Saints in Glory

Song of Farewell Old Hundredth

Song of Farewell Sands

Soon and Very Soon

We Walk by Faith

We Will Rise Again

Where My Father Lives, There is Room for All

You are Mine

Responsorial Psalms

Ps 16 The Path of Life
Ps 23 The Lord is My Shepherd
Ps 25 To You, O Lord, I Lift Up My Soul
Ps 27 I Believe I Shall See the Goodness of the Lord in the Land of the Living
Ps 27 The Lord is My Light and My Salvation
Ps 42 Like a Deer That Longs for Flowing Streams
Ps 63 My Soul is Thirsting
Ps 84 How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place
Ps 90 In Every Age
Ps 91 Be With Me Lord When I am In Trouble
Ps 103 Loving and Forgiving
Ps 103 The Lord is Kind and Merciful
Ps 116 In the Land of the Living

Rituals and Participation

Participation

There are several times during the celebration of the Funeral Liturgy when family members or close friends may participate in the Rituals.

Before the procession, the funeral pall is placed on the casket or urn.  A Bible or Prayer Book, rosary and cross that had belonged to the deceased can be placed on the casket or next to the cremains after the procession into the sanctuary.

Family members may serve as Readers of the Sacred Scriptures, they may present the bread, water and wine to the celebrant during the Preparation of the Altar and there may be short words of remembrance after Communion.

The Readings and Music selections are approved as appropriate for Catholic funerals. You are invited to give some time to reflecting on them and selecting those that best express your or your loved one’s life experiences.

If you have questions as you work through the materials, please call Jeff Fitzcharles at 727.726.8477

If you have recently lost a loved one, contact your Funeral Home first and they will call us to schedule a date and time for the wake and/or Funeral Liturgy and internment. You will then receive a call from a member of our Funeral Liaison Ministry to assist you in the planning process. If you are pre-planning for yourself, when you are ready, please contact the Church Office to set up an appointment with a member of the ministry. When your preparations are complete, we will Keep a copy of your plans in our files.