“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
If you have lost a loved one, we sypathize for you and your family and friends. Our prayers are with you in this time of grief and loss. The parish staff is here to support you in this difficult time and guide you through the planning process for the funeral. If you have any questions at any time please contact the parish office, 414-744-0808, and speak with Paul Weisenberger. You can also email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To begin the process of planning a funeral please contact a funeral home of your choice; they will then in turn contact us to schedule a funeral Mass. Here are some local funeral homes:
Once you have contacted a funeral home they will arrange a time with us. When we have set the time and date for the funeral, our parish office will be in contact with you regarding funeral planning.
Family of the deceased may select songs for the Gathering, Psalm, Preparation of Gifts, Communion and Closing. Usually songs expressing eternal life, resurrection, comfort, faith are chosen. Songs of the season (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter) can also be considered. Secular songs are best used during the wake or visitation.
Options for songs can be viewed HERE.
Readers of Scripture may be family members. There are usually an Old Testament reading and a New Testament Epistle reading, and a Gospel reading done by the priest. One or two people could fill these roles. If the family prefers, the parish can provide a reader for the funeral Mass. The Intercessions may be read by a family member or by the presiding priest.
A minimum of 2 people are needed to bring the bread and wine to be offered for consecration at the Preparation of the Gifts. They are brought from the small table placed in the crossing at the middle of the church nave to the altar and handed to the priest and servers.
Family or friends who are Communion Ministers at St. Augustine or other parishes may assist in the distribution of Communion. They should be people who are familiar with this role at Mass.
Pall bearers are chosen by the family with the consultation of the funeral director. They escort the casket into and out of the church as needed.
Family members may assist the funeral director in placing the pall on the casket at the beginning of the funeral Mass.
Paul Weisenberger, Director of Worship, will contact the family to discuss their wishes for the funeral. Families may wish to meet in person or this may be done over the telephone, whichever is best for the family.