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
- Contact parish office by calling 763-424-8770. If calling after hours, call the emergency number given in the voice mail message.
- Arrange date and time for visitation and funeral in coordination with parish and funeral home of your choice.
- Meet with the priest and the Pastoral Minister to plan the funeral liturgy.
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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 God - In 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.
Music - Families are invited to help choose the music for the liturgy. Below is a listing of songs most often used for funerals.
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.
- Readers (Old Testament, New Testament, Prayers of the Faithful) - We suggest choosing someone who can proclaim clearly and is comfortable in front of large groups of people. Be sure to give them a copy of the reading in advance. On arrival, the funeral assistant will acquaint the readers with the use of our microphones.
- Gift Bearers - Two or more people carry up the bread and wine for the Preparation of Gifts.
- Eucharistic Ministers - Eucharist will be offered under both species. St. Gerard Eucharistic Ministers are available, unless the family has Eucharistic Ministers who wish to serve. Be sure to notify the pastoral minister. They must be Catholic, and trained and commissioned from their home parish.
- Remembrance - One family member is welcome to share Words of Remembrance following communion, with a suggested 3-5 minute maximum. If additional eulogizing is desired, we suggest these be done either at the wake service at the funeral home, or during the funeral luncheon.
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.