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This web page contains some resources for making funeral arrangements for a loved one. Some people also choose to pre-plan their own funerals so that their wishes are known.
If you have had a death in your family and need to reach someone to make arrangements, please call the church at 780-645-3033.

Please also contact a local funeral home.

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The principal liturgies in the Order of Christian Funerals are the (1) Vigil for the Deceased, (2) the Funeral Mass or Funeral Liturgy Outside Mass, and (3) the Rite of Committal.

  • Vigil –A priest, deacon, or a qualified lay minister may preside at the Vigil service. This is an appropriate time for family and friends to share memories of the deceased.

  • Funeral Mass or Funeral Liturgy Outside Mass –The Church will supply a presider (priest/deacon) and musicians.  Here are some things you may want to consider:

    • Scripture Readings – You may choose three readings (plus a Psalm which is part of the music selection). If you prefer hard copy, the parish office can provide one. 

    • Music – The Church will provide a cantor, an accompanist, and guidance for musical selections.

    • Reflection – A family member or friend may offer a brief reflection during the funeral service (3-4 minutes). (The preferred time for family and friends to share memories of the deceased is at the Vigil.)

    • Family involvement - Some opportunities for friends/family to be involved in the liturgy are: readers (2 people), a reflection (1 person), pallbearers (2-6 people), extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, and the presentation of the gifts (2+ people). The church can supply people for these roles if requested.

    • Reception – The Cathedral parish does not have a funeral reception ministry. 

  • Rite of Committal – This is a very short rite, about 5 minutes long. The presider may be a priest, deacon, or a qualified lay minister. The Rite takes place graveside or in the columbarium.


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