Funeral Mass and burial are corporal and spiritual works of mercy for the deceased. The best gift to a loved one who has passed on is to pray, and the greatest prayer we have is the prayer of Jesus Christ with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
"At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of Baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end, nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting Word of God and the Sacrament of the Eucharist." (Order of Christian Funerals, no. 4)
If a loved one has passed away and you are already working with a mortuary, please inform the mortuary that you would like to schedule a funeral Mass at St. Mary Parish. The Mortuary will contact the parish office to get the funeral Mass scheduled. Once the funeral Mass has been scheduled, the family will be assigned a comforter, a person who will guide the family through the entire process and assist in preparing the liturgy for the Mass.
Funeral Masses and Memorial Masses take place Monday-Friday at 10am. If you have any questions or would like to get more information, please contact the parish office 760-745-1611
To schedule a funeral, please contact the front office at 760-745-1611
Please select a reading from the 1st Reading and the 2nd Reading below. If the family is providing a lector, they are required to wear church-appropriate attire (men = tie and jacket preferably; women = modest dress or skirt and blouse).
Suggested Funeral Readings
The Scriptures appropriate for use at Catholic Funeral Liturgy are in a booklet entitled, "Through Death to Life," by Joseph M. Champlin. You will be offered one of these booklets when you meet with Bereavement Committee planning the funeral. From this booklet, you may select the prayers of the Mass. For your convenience, the list of readings follow.
Readings for the Liturgy of the Word for the Rite of Christian Burial are divided into three parts: a selection from the Old Testament; a selection from the New Testament; and a Gospel.
During the Easter Season, the Church offers a separate set of New Testatment readings that replace the Old Testament readings used outside of the Easter season.
Click on the reading to review it before making your selection. After you have decided, make one selection from each the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Although the priest celebrant has the final word on which Gospel will be read, you may request a favorite Gospel from the list provided.
Old Testament - 1st Reading
- 2 Maccabees 12:43-46 "He made atonement for the dead"
- Job 19: 1, 23-27a "I know that my vindicator lives"
- Wisdom 3:1-9 "The souls of the just are in the hand of God" (Long)
- Wisdom 3:1-6,9 "The souls of the just are in the hand of God" (Short)
- Wisdom 4:7-14 "An unsullied life, the attainment of old age"
- Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9 "He will destroy death forever"
- Lamentations 3:17-26 "My portion is the Lord, says my soul"
- Daniel 12:1-3 "The wise shall shine brightly"
New Testament - 1st Reading during Easter Season
- Acts of the Apostles 10:34-43 "Everyone who believes in Him" (Long)
- Acts of the Apostles 10:34-36,42-43 "Everyone who believes in Him" (Short)
- Revelation 14:13 "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord"
- Revelation 20:11-12:1 "The sea gave up its dead; then Death and Hades"
- Revelation 21:1-5a,6b-7 "I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem"
New Testament - 2nd Reading
- Romans 5:5-11 "...We were reconciled to God through the death of his Son..."
- Romans 5:17-21 "...through one righteous act acquittal and life came to all..."
- Romans 6:3-9 "...if we have died with Christ, we believe..." (Long)
- Romans 6:3-4,8-9 "...if we have died with Christ, we believe,,," (Short)
- Romans 8:14-23 "Those who are led by the Spirit of God are Children of God"
- Romans 8:31b-35,37-39 "If God is for us, who can be against us?"
- Romans 14:7-9,10c-12 "This is why Christ died and came to life"
- 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 "In Adam all die, so too if Christ shall all be brought to life." (Long)
- 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 "In Adam all die, so too if Christ shall all be brought to life." (Short)
- 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 "Death where is your victory?"
- 2 Corinthians 4:14--5:1 "The one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us..."
- 2 Corinthians 5:1,6-10 "We would rather leave the body and go home..."
- Philippians 3:20-21 "He will change our lowly body..."
- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 "If we believe that Jesus died and rose..."
- 2 Timothy 2:8-13 "Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead..."
- 1 John 3:1-2 "Beloved, we are God's children now..."
- 1 John 3:14-16 "We know that we have passed from death to life..."
- Matthew 5:1-12a "The Eight Beatitudes"
- Matthew 11:25-30 "come to me . . . and I will give you rest."
- Matthew 25:1-13 "Look. The bridegroom comes. Go out to meet him"
- Matthew 25:31-46 "Come, you whom my Father has blessed"
- Mark 15:33 ---16:6 "Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last" (Long)
- Mark 15:33-39 "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Short)
- Luke 7:11-17 "Young man, I say to you, arise."
- Luke 12:3-40 "Be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,..."
- Luke 23:33-43 "Today you will be with me in paradise."
- Luke 23:44 -24:6a "Father, I put my life in your hands." (Long)
- Luke 23:44-46,50,52-53 "Father into your hands I commend my spirit" (Short)
- Luke 24:13-35 "Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer..." (Long)
- Luke 24:13-16,28-35 "Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer..." (Short)
- John 5:24-29 "Whoever hears my word and believes has passed from..."
- John 6:37-40 "All who believe in the Son will have eternal life..."
- John 6:51-59 "All who eat this bread will live for ever...."
- John 11:17-27 "I am the resurrection and the life." (Long)
- John 11:21-27 "I am the resurrection and the life." (Short)
- John 11:32-45 "Lazarus, come out."
- John 12:23-28 "If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies..." (Long)
- John 12:23-26 "If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies..." (Short)
- John 14:1-6 "There are many rooms in my Father's house."
- John 17:24-26 "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me..."
- John 19:17-18,25-39 "Jesus bowed his head and gave up his spirits."