Funeral Planning

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Whether you are making arrangements for a funeral honoring a deceased loved one, or planning ahead for your own funeral mass, our Consolation Ministry is here to assist you and your family plan a reflective and meaningful service.

First, call your local funeral home to set up a date for the service. Typically, they will contact St. Robert Bellarmine to coordinate and confirm the date.

Review the list below and when you are ready to set up details of the mass, call our rectory at 773-777-2666 to schedule a meeting with a member from our Consolation Ministry team. You will be asked to select readings, prayer intentions and music. Use these pages to guide your selections. Special requests can also be handled separately through the rectory.

Other things to consider:

  • Your consolation minister will also ask you about the person whose life we are celebrating. This may include anecdotes, attributes and virtues that best describe your loved one.
  • Think about who and what level of involvement family members or close friends will have in helping with the Mass, including readings, petitions, and bringing up the gifts.

Choose (1) First Reading, (1) Second Reading, (1) Gospel Reading, (1) Set of Prayers of the Faithful, and (4) Hymns. Each listing can be clicked on for a preview.

First Reading
2 Maccabees 12:43-45
Job 19:1, 23-27
Proverbs 31:10-31 (selected verses)
Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
Wisdom 3:1-9
Wisdom 4:7-15
Sirach 3:1-16 (selected verses)
Sirach 6:14-17
Isaiah 25:6-9
Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9
Isaiah 40:1, 28-31
Isaiah 42:1, 6-8
Isaiah 60:19-20
Lamentations 3:17-26
Ezekiel 34:11-16
Daniel 12:1-3
Zephamiah 3:14-18, 20

Second Reading
Romans 5: 5-11
Romans 5:17-21
Romans 6:3-4, 8-9
Romans 8:14-23
Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39
Romans 12 9-15
Romans 14:7-9, 10c-12
1 Corinthians 13:8-13
1 Corinthians 15_20-23
1 Corinthians 15:51-57
2 Corinthians 4:16-5:1
2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10
Ephesians 4:1-6
Philippians 3:20-21
Philippians 4:4-7
Philippians 4:4-9
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
2 Timothy 2:8-13
2 Timothy 4:6-7, 17-18
2 Timothy 4:6-8
2 Timothy 4:6-9
1 John 3:1-2
1 John 3:1-3
Revelation 7-9:14b-17
Revelation 14:13
Revelation 21:1-5a,6b 7
Acts of the Apostles 10:34-43

Gospel Reading
Matthew 5:1-12a
Matthew 11:25-30
Matthew 18:1-5
Matthew 22:35-40
Matthew 25:31-46
Matthew 25:31-36, 40
Luke 2:25-32
Luke 12:22-32
Luke 23:33, 39-43
John 6:37-40
John 11:17-27
John 12:23-26
John 13:33-35, 14:15, 25, 27
John 14:1-6
John 15:9-13
John 15:9-16

Prayers of the Faithful
Prayers of the Faithful – A
Prayers of the Faithful – B
Prayers of the Faithful – C
Prayers of the Faithful – D
Additional Prayers of the Faithful

Music
Hymn Suggestions for Funerals

Once you’ve made your selections, call our rectory to have one of our Consolation Ministry team members schedule a meeting with you to formalize your selections.