A funeral is a time of sadness and mourning. We will do our best to help you in any way we can. The priest who serves in your area of Banagher Parish will be there to assist you and your family as you mourn your loved one and to help you prepare the Funeral Mass liturgy. The undertakers that you may engage will also closely liaises with the priests of the parish. The liturgies of the Church at this time seek to thank God as Creator for the gift of the life of the deceased person and to entrust their soul into the loving mercy of God who is our Saviour.

The Funeral Mass

Introductory Rites

Penitential Rite

The Liturgy of the Word

First Reading (Old Testament)
Responsorial Psalm
Second Reading (New Testament)
Gospel Reading
Prayers of the Faithful

Liturgy of the Eucharist

The Offertory (Bread and wine are brought to the altar)
The Eucharistic Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer

Final Commendation and Farewell

The body is sprinkled with holy water and honored with incense.


The Memorial Mass

It is traditional in many parishes to have a Memorial Mass or Month’s Mind for the deceased in the weeks following the funeral. The Month’s Mind is an opportunity to once again commend the deceased to our loving God. It is celebrated in an atmosphere of prayerful remembrance, of gratitude for those who have offered sympathy and of hope in the resurrection.