Arrange a Funeral

Our sincere sympathy on the loss of your loved one.  If you are working with a funeral home, the funeral director can call the parish office at 818-242-2579 to set up a date and time for the Funeral Mass.  If you are planning the funeral on your own, please call the office to schedule the services. Mrs.Pius Oller (818) 246-1308, chair of the Bereavement Committee will meet with the family to go over what to expect. The family will also be given a funeral packet to assist them in choosing the Scripture readings and hymns. A funeral is a service for the parish community as well as a family experience; we prefer that the family be registered in the parish or have some connection with Incarnation. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Music Guidelines for Funerals:

Music is a very important part of any church ceremony. It enriches the experience for you, your family, and guests. However, it is important to remember that these ceremonies, while celebrating the individuals involved, are public expressions of religious faith for the entire Incarnation community. For this reason, care is taken in the selection of the music for Sunday liturgies and the same care must be exercised for family celebrations in church. Some guidelines for selection of music include:

  • Seek the guidance of the parish staff when selecting music,
  • The Bereavement Committee will help you with vigil and funeral ceremonies,
  • The music must be primarily religious music, preferably from our parish hymn books,
  • Non-liturgical pop or rock music is not permitted, except as prelude or postlude music and only if appropriate and respectful of the church environment,
  • Classical music and traditional art music including classic processionals and recessionals are generally approved if fitting and appropriate,
  • The Gloria and the Creed are only done on Sunday or Holy Day liturgies,
  • The Our Father is a group prayer, so it is not sung as a solo by a singer, but may be sung by the entire assembly.
  • Congregational music is preferred over having vocalists sing “concert-style” pieces.
Suggestions for Funerals
Prelude (seating of guests) best to have quiet instrumental music,
Reception at the church door, followed by a Procession (cross, altar servers, celebrant, remains, family)
Be Not Afraid
Amazing Grace
Responsorial Psalm
Shepherd Me Oh God
Ps. 34 The Cry of The Poor
Ps. 103 The Lord is Kind and Merciful
Ps. 121 Our Help Comes From the Lord
Our God is Compassion
Ps. 33 Let Your Mercy Be On Us
Gospel Acclamation
Celtic Alleluia
Halle, Halle, Halle
Mass of Ressurection
Mass of Joy and Peace
Preparation of the Gifts
I Have Loved You
We Have Been Told
Here, I Am Lord
Behold the Lamb
Panis Angelicus
Hail Mary/Gentle Woman
Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace
Holy, Memorial Acclamation, Amen, and Lamb of God
Mass of Joy and Peace
Mass of Ressurection
Latin Mass parts
Jesuit Mass
One Bread, One Body
One Is The Body
Taste And See
Let Us Be Bread
Bread of Life
Pan de Vida
I Am The Bread Of Life
In the Breaking of the Bread
Blest Are They
Here I Am, Lord
Ave Maria by Schubert
Ave Maria by Bach/Gounod
Hail Mary, Gentle Woman
On Eagle’s Wings
Final Commitment, Incense and Blessing
Saints of God
In Paradisum