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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 our brothers and sisters who have lost a loved one. As a parish family, our mission is to journey with the bereaved family at this most vulnerable time of their life. Pre-planning a funeral is a prayerful and profound experience that gives the planner insight into the beauty and hope of the journey of life and the celebration of what is most meaningful.

On this web page you will find:

Scriptures - Old Testament, New Testament, and Gospels

Songs - Music Selections, Responsorial Psalms

Rituals - Procession

These are approved as appropriate for Catholic funerals. You are invited to give some time to reflecting on some of these and selecting those that best express your experience of the life you have lived and loved on this earth and the God who will call you home to fullness of life with him at the end of your journey here.

You will also find a planning sheet to familiarize you with the information needed to complete the pre-planning.

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

When you are ready, please contact the Church Office to set up an appointment for planning or to request a funeral date and time for your loved one's.


Funeral Worksheet


Name of Deceased                                                                       
Date of Birth  


Who will place the Pall on casket or cremains?  
Who will carry the cremains in procession?  
Bread and wine presented at the Offertory by  
Select readings (from Scripture pages on web site)  

Family/friend to read or a church lector  
Select music and responsorial psalm (from Songs pages on web site)  

Career: employment, military service, etc.  


Church Volunteer or other volunteer work  

Share life moments of the deceased  

Name to use when referring to the deceased during the liturgy  
Will anyone say words of remembrance at the end of Mass  
Name of Spouse  
Years Married  
Family Names: (indicate L for living or D for deceased after each name)  

Approximate attendance  
Knights of Columbus Color Corp?  
Military Honors Presentation at fountain following service?  
Special Needs: ex. Display table, floor easel, etc.  

Old Testament Readings

The approved Old Testament readings for funerals in the Diocese of St. Petersburg are:

Job 19:1, 23-27

Wisdom 3:1-9

Wisdom 3:1-6, 9

Wisdom 4:7-15

Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9

Lamentations 3:17-26

Daniel 12:1-3

2 Maccabees 12:43-46

Music Selections

The sacred and communal nature of our Catholic Funeral Celebration requires careful planning in the selection of music. This planning will insure the ability of all those gathered to actively participate in the celebration. Because of the sacredness of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, secular instrumental or vocal music, or the use of recorded music of any kind may not be used.

Gathering Offertory Communion Sending Song Selection
  X X X Age to Age
X X   X All Creatures of Our God and King
X X   X Amazing Grace
  X     Ave Maria
X X X X Be Not Afraid
X X   X Be Still My Soul
    X   Behold the Lamb
  X X X Blest are They
    X   Bread for the World
    X   Bread of Life Farrell
    X   Bread of Life Fischer
    X   Bread, Blest and Broken
  X X   Center of My Life
  X X   Change Our Hearts
X X X X Christ Be Our Light
X X   X City of God
X X X   Come to Me
X X X   Come to the River
    X   Eat This Bread
  X X   Eye Has Not Seen
X     X For All the Saints
    X   Gift of Finest Wheat
  X     Hail Mary, Gentle Woman
X X     Healing River of the Spirit
X X X   Here at This Table
X X X   Here I Am, Lord
X X     Hosea
  X     How Can I Keep From Singing
  X   X How Great Thou Art
  X X   How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place
X   X   I Am the Bread of Lofe
X X X   I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
      X I Know That My Redeemer Lives
    X X I Received the Living God
  X X   In Every Age
  X X   In the Land There is a Hunger
X X X   In This Place
X X   X Jerusalem, My Happy Home
      X Jesus, Remember Me
  X X   Keep in Mind
      X Lead Me, Lord
      X Let There be Peace on Earth
 X  X  X  X  Like a Shepherd
   X      Lord of all Hopefulness
   X  X    Lord You Have Come/Pescador de Hombres
 X  X    X  Morning has Broken
   X  X    Now We Remain
   X      O Breathe on Me, O Breath of God
   X      O God, You Search Me
   X    X  O Loving God (may be used as Song of Farewell)
 X  X  X  X  On Eagle's Wings
     X    One Bread, One Body
   X  X    One Lord
     X    One Love Released
   X X    Only This I Want
    X    Pan de Vida
     X    Panis Angelicus
   X    X   Parable (For Everything there is a Season)
   X    X   Prayer of St. Francis
   X  X    Precious Lord, Take My Hand
   X    X  Roll Away the Stone
   X      Seek Ye First
 X  X    X  Shall We Gather at the River
   X  X    Shelter Me, O God
   X  X    Shepherd Me, O God
 X  X    X  Sing With All the Saints in Glory
   X  X    Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling
       X  Song of Farewell Old Hundreth
       X  Song of Farewell Sands
   X    X  Soon and Very Soon
   X  X    Stand by Me
     X    Taste and See
 X  X      The King of Love My Shepherd Is
     X    The Supper of the Lord
   X      There is a Balm in Gilead
   X  X    There is a Longing
   X  X    This Alone
     X    This Bread That We Share
 X  X      This Day God Gives Me
     X    To Be Your Bread
   X  X    Turn to Me
   X  X    Unless a Grain of Wheat
   X  X    We Have Been Told
   X  X    We Remember
 X  X    X  We Walk by Faith
   X  X  X  We Will Rise Again
   X  X    Whatsoever You Do
 X  X  X  X  Where My Father Lives, There is Room for All
 X  X  X  X  You are Mine
   X  X    You are Near

Responsorial Psalms

The approved Responsorial Psalms for funerals in the Diocese of St. Petersburg are:

Ps 16 The Path of Life
Ps 23 Shepherd Me, O God
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


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. Only three items are permitted. One or two family members can also carry a flower to be placed on the casket or urn.

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