Funeral Preparation

Funeral Preparation

Preparing the Mass of Christian Burial

As Catholics we turn to the Lord in prayer for courage and comfort in our times of need. The death of a loved one is one of those times. The parish of Old St. Mary is here to support you and pray with you.

The information provided is to assist you in the preparation of the Mass of Christian Burial. The Director of Liturgy and Music, Tom Koester, will guide you through the necessary steps to create a beautiful liturgy. Please review the following information. If you have any questions, please contact Tom at or 414-271-6180.

Readings and Petitions

Please read through the readings and petitions and select one from each section (C, E, G, H). Once you have made the selection, please enter your selection into the form at the bottom of this page. Please share that reading with the person you have selected to proclaim the reading at the funeral.
Click to view Old Testament Readings: (C 1-11)
Click to view New Testament Readings: (E 1-15)
Click to view Gospel Readings: (G 1-19) (Read by Priest/Deacon)
Click to view Petitions: (H 1-9)


Click to view the music list, which will assist you in selecting the appropriate music for the funeral celebration. Once you have made your selections, please enter them into the form at the bottom of this page.

Family Participation

You may wish to invite people to participate in the funeral celebration. Please enter their names into the form at the bottom of this page.
Pall – Usually close family members or the Funeral Director (2-6) (Omit with Cremation)
Old Testament Reader
New Testament Reader
Petitions Reader
Eulogy (optional)
Gift Bearers

Funeral Mass Planning Form

    An asterisk (*) indicates a required field. You must enter something in the boxes marked with an asterisk (*) in order for the form to send correctly.

    Funeral Date*


    Name of Deceased*

    Family Contact Name*

    Contact Email*

    Contact Phone*

    Pall (Usually 2-6 close family members or the Funeral Director, Omit with Cremation)


    Old Testament Reading (C 1-11)*

    Old Testament Reader*

    New Testament Reading (E 1-15)*

    New Testament Reader*

    Gospel (G 1-19) (read by Priest)*

    Petitions (H 1-9)*

    Petitions Reader*

    Gift Bearers for Bread and Wine (2-4 people)*

    Eulogy (optional)


    Entrance Song*

    Responsorial Psalm*

    Preparation of the Gifts Song*

    Communion Song*

    Meditation Song (optional)

    Closing Song*

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