Funeral Ministry resources

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Funeral Ministry resources

Archbishop Farrell’s November 2023 Pastoral Letter Servants of Consolation and Witnesses of Hope: Ministry to the Bereaved in a Time of Change can be found here.


Click here to download the Funeral Ministry Policy Brochure (PDF)


Further resources:

1. Helpful Resources for the Preparation of a Christian Funeral (PDF)

Including: The Funeral Mass • Readings • Sample Leaflets • The Reception of the Body at the Church • Funerals when a Mass is not celebrated • Service A • Service B • Prayers for Gathering in the Home or the Funeral Parlour • Music Resources • Diocesan Policy on the placing of flags on a coffin • Helpful Hints on Preparing Words of Appreciation or Eulogy for a Funeral Liturgy • When Someone You Love Has Died – Preparing for A Funeral

2. Funeral Ministry Teams Helpful Resources (PDF)

Including: Introduction • Visiting the Home – Sensitivity • Helpful Checklist for Funeral Team • Useful extracts from the Ritual Books • From the General Introduction to the Order of Christian Funerals • Reception of the Body– What the Ritual Book itself contains • Some extracts from Ordo Exsequarium 1969 • Points of Reflection for Funeral Ministry Teams • Reflections and Experience of being a member of a Funeral Team • Reflection for Funeral Ministry Team Meeting prepared by Dr Sandra Cullen • Prayer Resources for Funeral Ministry Teams • Celebrating a Catholic Funeral • Irish Episcopal Commission for Liturgy • Celebrating the Death of a member of the Roman Catholic Church • Reflections on Celebrating A Catholic Funeral– Fr Joe Mullan • Ministry of Consolation • Memo on Media to parishes preparing for high profile funerals • Diocesan Guidelines for planning, construction and maintenance of Columbaria Columbarium • Gathering in the Presence of the Body • Rite of Committal

3. Additional Guidelines for Funeral Ministry (PDF – March 2023)

Including: Support in Making Choices • Funeral Leaders • Additional Symbols • Floral Displays • Music Choice • Technology

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