Catholic funeral liturgy outside Mass with Communion

This is an order-of-service template for a Roman Catholic funeral service outside Mass, but including distribution of Holy Communion.

The worksheet has one line for each item that typically occurs in a Catholic funeral without Mass. It has space to record the details:  what readings and hymns, who is doing them, what key the music is in.

It can be used alongside other funeral planning advice sites/guidelines, to record the specific choices for your ceremony.

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This form is designed so that everything fits on two pages and every major point is listed - so anyone can see at a glance what happens, and when, during the funeral Mass in a Catholic the church.

It is is particularly intended for:
  • Family and friends, and whoever is helping them to plan the liturgical details of the funeral service
  • Musicians who need to know what they need to play / sing, and when
  • Audio visual and other technical people, who need to know what equipment is needed where and when
  • Anyone else (eg sacristans, altar servers, photographers) who needs to know exactly what's going on.
And it may be useful for other people who have a role in the service but are nervous about knowing exactly when they need to carry it out (eg readers, pallbearers).

See Catholic Funeral Templates - an overview for more information about the overall funeral structure.

Consult your local priest / ministers during funeral planning, to be sure of local requirements and customs - because the overall funeral liturgy can have three parts, there may be some item that don't happen where they are show on the template.

This template is absolutely not a replacement for the official ritual books which have the texts and detailed requirements for times of public worship.

Rather, it is a tool that people involved in serving the liturgy (leaders, readers, musicians, technicians, sacristans, ushers, etc etc) can use to understand who does what, and when. If there is any disagreement between the ritual book for your area and the template, then the template should be changed to fit the ritual: the Microsoft Word file is for this, while the PDF version will always print nicely.  

Make a copy of the template by right-clicking on these icons, and choosing the option (eg save target as, save file as) to save the file into your computer.

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