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Funeral Planning


The Catholic Order of Christian Funerals is a three-part liturgical ritual book, with Vigil (Wake), Funeral Mass and the Rite of Committal (interment). It is encouraged that the Funeral Rites be conducted in the presence of the body of the deceased. This practice is most in accord with the sacred principles and ritual of the Christian Faith. However, the Mass of Christian Burial may also be celebrated with the cremains present in the church. The Catholic Church expects the cremains to be given a permanent place of honor in a cemetery.

If you have recently experienced the death of a loved one, please know that the Church shares your grief and wishes to convey hope. The death of a loved one gives rise to many questions. For many of us, we have never had to plan a funeral, and we become overwhelmed. St. Clare's church has a ministry to assist you with many of the questions and guide you through the process of planning and celebrating the Funeral Liturgy at Mass.  We are here to comfort and assist you at the time of a death and we can also assist you with pre-planning your funeral or the funeral of someone you love. Please contact our office if there is anything you need to make this difficult time a little easier.
Bible Selections for a Funeral  (source: USCCB)
Either one or two readings plus a responsorial psalm with the Alleluia verse may precede the gospel. If two readings are to be selected, choose one text each from the Old Testament, Pslams, New Testament and Gospel.  Non-biblical texts cannot be used to replace Scriptural readings at Mass. The Catholic version of the texts must be used (i.e. New American Bible, current Catholic edition). In the Easter season there are a few other options. There are some options also for the death of a child or sudden death (ask us.)

Music Selections for a Funeral as found in our parish hymnal
You can see the choices by clicking this link. They have been selected to fit our community experience.

FAQs   Frequently Asked Questions about Cremation
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Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Homes in the Diocese of Phoenix
The Diocese provides many resources and much valuable information through their website. Learn more
We call your attention especially to their resources for parish leaders and parishioners including their Preplanning Guide (download the document) and their Cremation guide. Learn more.


Advance Directives


We understand how important it is to be ready for the end of our earthly life.  When we are in our senior years, it is important for our own sense of peace, to get our life in order. It is also very charitable to think of those whom we will leave behind and plan to make their loss a little easier by having end of life decisions in writing.  There can be a great deal of stress when a loved one is in the hospital or terminally ill and it can be a comfort to have worked out some of the details of what to do in the case when we are not able to speak for ourselves.  The page on the Diocese of Phoenix website will be of help for you as you make these important decisions.  Many people inquire about Advanced Directives, but as Catholics, we want to do what the Catholic Church allows.  

Medical Ethics Resources End of Life Issues   (external website)

Diocese of Phoenix Advance Medical Directives & Arizona Health Care Power of Attorney  (PDF)


Funeral Coordination Team

Coordinator: Ginnie Hebert  (623) 
546-3444  send email 
Assistant: Patty Bryl
Assistant: Josie Huntley
Assistant: Rita Anderson






Funeral Coordination Team
L to R Jo, Ginnie, Patty
Josie and Rita were not available

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