The Catholic Church offers distinct occasions for common prayer at the time of funerals. The Order of Christian Funerals contains three clusters of Rites:

  1. The Vigil
  2. The Funeral Liturgy, and Final Commendation and Farewell
  3. The Rite of Committal

The Funeral Rites also provide other opportunities for prayer. These Related Rites and Prayers are: Prayers after Death, Gathering in the Presence of the Body, and Transfer of the Body to the Church or to the Place of Committal.

The Funeral Rites, like all the Church's liturgy, are primarily worship of God. Care needs to be taken to preserve the integrity of the Church's prayer, and of the homily, while remaining personable and sensitive to those present.

The Rites for adults are different from the Rites for children and infants. These Rites apply to baptized Catholics, and also catechumens, unbaptized infants, and in special circumstances, those who are not Catholic.

By family preference or pastoral concern, any single rite may be used as the sole Funeral Rite. Consultation with your priest or parish minister can help determine your funeral selections.

For more information about different types of rites please CLICK HERE

Do you need to make arrangements for a Funeral at Saint Martin of Tours Catholic Church?

As a Catholic community we are here to support you in these difficult moments. Call the Rectory at 310-476-7403 to arrange for the time of service.

Review these documents to help you plan a funeral for your loved one.

Funeral Check list 

Suggested Funeral Readings 

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