Duties for Funerals:
*Ask priest if there are readers and communion ministers (preferable
to ask the day before). If the family is not doing these ministries,
look for parishioners in the congregation who do these ministries.
Melita will help with communion if there is no one available.
1. If there
is a coffin, ask the funeral home attendant if they have their pall.
If not, the church pall is in the sixth drawer in the Sacristy.
2. Ask the priest
or church secretary how many people are expected to attend. Put
out the number of hosts accordingly. Important: check tabernacle
to see how many hosts are there before you put out new hosts.
3. Ask the priest
if there will be wine. If yes, put chalice and one cup, 2 purificators,
tabernacle key, cruet with water, and towel on the tray and take
up to sanctuary.
a) Put amount
according to the number of people expected (100 people = 1 cup of
wine) into the decanter.
4. If there
is wine for the priest only (not the congregation), put cruet of
wine, chalice, one purificator, key, water cruet and towel on tray
and put on credence table in sanctuary.
5. Ask priest
if the gifts are being taken up by the family.
a) if yes, put
wine, hosts and water on gifts table outside sacristry.
b) if gifts
are not being taken up, put hosts, wine and water on credance table
in the sanctuary.
Turn on lights and sound system.
Make sure there is a clean corporal on the altar.