Lawton-Turso Funeral Home
Failla -McKnight Funeral Home
533 Willow Ave, Hoboken, NJ
Bosworth Funeral Home
311 Willow Ave, Hoboken, NJ
Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark
Archdiocese of Newark:
According to the Order of Christian Funerals, “A brief homily based on the readings is always given by the Priest after the Gospel reading at the Funeral Liturgy and may also be given after the readings at the vigil service; but there is never to be a eulogy.” (OCF, 27) In the Archdiocese of Newark, no eulogies are to take place within the context of any of the Funeral liturgies including the service, Funeral Mass or the rite of committal. Eulogies may be delivered at the Funeral Home during the time of visitation outside of the vigil Wake service itself, at the cemetery following the Rite of Committal, or at the repast/family gathering afterwards.
Concerning the use of a national flag as a pall: In the Rite of Funerals, a pall is placed over the coffin when the body is received at the church. The white pall serves as an extension of the Baptismal garment given to a deceased person at his or her Baptism —a sign of the Christian dignity of the person. Often caskets are draped with a national flag. This use of a national flag signifies honors paid by the nation to one of its soldiers or veterans. Any national flags or the flags or insignia of associations to which the deceased belonged are removed from the coffin at the entrance of the church. They may be replaced after the coffin has been taken from the church, after the Funeral Mass. National flags or the flags or insignia of association to which the deceased belonged are more appropriately incorporated into the graveside rites. In addition only Christian symbols may rest on or be placed near the coffin during the Funeral Liturgy. Any other symbols, for example, national flags, or flags or insignia of associations, are not included in the Funeral Liturgy.
(Related References Bishops Committee on the Liturgy Newsletter, 1982, Volume XVII, December, p. 96. Order of Christian Funerals, no. 38, 132.)
Planning the Funeral Mass
Reading Selections: The family may request passages from sacred Scripture as the First Reading, Psalm, and Second Reading for the Funeral Mass or Memorial Service. A list of these approved readings can be found here. Specific Gospel readings may be requested as well, but approved at the discretion of the Priest celebrating the Funeral. Please inform the Funeral Director of any reading selections you’d like to feature during the Liturgy.
Music Selections: When selecting music for a Funeral, we encourage you to pick pieces that speak to you and have a special significance with regard to your departed loved one. Ss Peter and Paul has provided an approved list of songs which your family may choose from here. To maintain the sanctity of this Catholic rite, music from Broadway musicals, popular music, or other secular selections are not permitted.
The Music Director will serve as the pianist/organist and oversee all music and musicians present at Funeral services. A cantor is provided by the church to lead the congregation in song. Guest singers or instrumentalists may be permitted to participate in the Liturgy with the approval and collaboration of the Music Director. Please inform the Funeral Director of any music selections you would like to feature during the Liturgy.
Family Participation: Family members and friends of the deceased are welcome to participate in several ways during the Funeral Mass, either by serving as a readers for the First Reading or Second Reading, or as Gift Bearers. Please provide names of those willing to participate to the Funeral Director, who will inform our parish staff of a loved one’s role in the Funeral Mass.
If you can't decide . . . Decisions can be hard to make while experiencing the grief and sorrow that many feel after losing a loved one. Should you feel overwhelmed or unsure of any music or reading selections, the church will provide a beautiful service with readings and music selected for you.
Ss Peter & Paul Recommends . . .
Processional Hymn Here I Am, Lord
First Reading Isaiah 25: 6a,7-9
Psalm Psalm 27: The Lord is My Light and My Salvation
Second Reading Romans 6:3-4,8-9
Offertory Hymn Ave Maria
Communion Hymn You Are Mine
Recessional Hymn On Eagles Wings
Ways to Honor a Loved One
The traditional Mass Card is available for an offering of $10.00. Please visit the parish office to reserve the desired Mass date and time.
A gift to the Legacy Fund is a fitting tribute to the memory of your loved one, and a wonderful way of contributing to the Parish in memory of the deceased. An acknowledgement card will be sent to the family of the deceased indicating your thoughtful gift. Envelopes are available in the church or you may donate online at faithdirect.net (Ss Peter and Paul Church Code: NJ627)
You can also donate the bread and wine used for the Holy Sacrifice of Mass or contribute to the beauty of the worship space by donating Altar Flowers. If you would like to donate Altar Bread, Wine or flowers, please contact the parish office. The donation for bread, wine or flowers is $25.