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Funeral Planning


We at St. Ambrose Catholic Church express our condolences to you during this time of sorrow. Please know that we are praying for you and your loved one. 

The Catholic Funeral Rites in the Order of Christian Funerals (1989) are celebrations that enable the Christian community to mourn as well as to hope by focusing on the mystery of the death and resurrection of Christ. These guidelines are offered to assist in effectively preparing the funeral rites with individuals and families.

Understanding Death- A Christian Perspective

Death and passing on to eternal life are mysteries at the center of the Church’s belief. Although American culture generally recoils from death and tries to deny it, “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, #1)

Celebration of the Church

Christian funerals are not private observances, but celebrations of the whole Body of Christ, in which, “Christians celebrate the funeral rites to offer worship, praise, and thanksgiving to God for the gift of life which has now been returned to God, the author of life and the hope of the just.” (Order of Christian Funerals, #5) 

Therefore these rites are celebrated with appropriate choices of music, readings, gestures, and decorations that are consistent with a Catholic understanding of death. “The celebration of the Christian funeral brings hope and consolation to the living. While proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and witnessing to Christian hope in the resurrection, the funeral rites also recall to all who take part in them God’s mercy and judgment and meet the human need to turn always to God in times of crisis.” (Order of Christian Funerals, #7)

Planning a Funeral

To plan the funeral liturgy, family members will meet with our Pastoral Associate. Please call the office at 314-771-1228 x107 to schedule an appointment with her. 

If you would like to prepare in advance, you may review the documents listed below. For the Funeral Mass, you will choose: 

one Old Testament reading

one New Testament reading

one Gospel reading

five petitions

and music.


Words of Remembrance

One family member or friend may speak briefly after Mass is concluded. The presider will invite this person forward to offer some words of remembrance. These brief words need to be prepared and reviewed by parish staff at least 24 hours prior to the Funeral Mass. Spontaneous remarks and eulogies can be offered at the luncheon afterward. (See Guidelines for Words of Remembrance.)