Funeral Planning

In the face of death, the Church confidently proclaims that God has created each person for eternal life and that Jesus, the Son of God, by his death and resurrection, has broken the chains of sin and death that bound humanity. 

Order of Christian Funerals

In the event of the death of a loved one, please call the parish office at 763-424-8770. After office hours, dial the emergency number given in the voice mail message.

Funeral Procedures at St. Gerard

See a helpful list of Frequently Asked Questions:


Funeral Liturgy Planning

The celebration of the Christian funeral brings hope and consolation to those that are grieving. Here are some of the choices you’ll be invited to make for your loved one’s Funeral Liturgy:

The Word of GodIn every celebration for the dead, the Church attaches great importance to the reading of the Word of God. The readings proclaim to the assembly the paschal mystery, teach remembrance of the dead, convey the hope of being gathered together again in God’s Kingdom, and encourage the witness of Christian life.

A list of readings.

Music - Families are invited to help choose the music for the liturgy. Below is a listing of songs most often used for funerals.

Musical Suggestions

Liturgical Roles for Family and Friends - We encourage family members or friends to fill these roles as Readers, Gift Bearers, Communion cup Servers and/or to offer Words of Remembrance.


Funeral Pre-Planning

This service is available to individuals who may wish to pre-plan their celebration. Contact Anne Tiller in the parish office, 763-424-8770, with any questions.