This section of our web site provides an outline on how funerals are handled at Holy Trinity. If you are reading this information for the first time during a time of loss, please accept our condolences and know that we will do all that we can to help you through this difficult time with a spirit of love and compassion.
Rites of the Church
All baptized individuals are entitled to the full Rite of Christian Burial. You and your family will experience the Rite of Christian Burial in three distinct parts. These are -
The Wake Service
This will take place during the visiting hours at the funeral home you have chosen. A member of the Parish Staff will lead this service of prayer and Scripture.
The Funeral Liturgy
This is the most important part of the celebration of Christian Burial. This is almost always celebrated within a Mass. The bodily remains are honored by being brought to the Church. We celebrate the life of the deceased in the whole context of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
A parish priest will accompany the remains and the family to the cemetery, where the Rite of Christian Burial will conclude with the prayers of Committal and Final Commendation. Should someone wish to speak in memory of the deceased, as in a eulogy or a remembrance, this usually takes place as part of the Prayer of Commendation that will be prayed at the cemetery.
Scheduling of the Funeral Liturgy
A funeral may be celebrated on any day of the week except Sundays and Holy Days. There are also some restrictions concerning funerals during Holy Week. The priest will discuss these restrictions as they apply.
Planning the Funeral Liturgy
The funeral liturgy is one of the most beautiful and meaningful celebrations of the Church. Your family has the option of personalizing the Mass by choosing the Scripture readings and by requesting specific hymns.Funeral ReadingsFuneral Music