Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

Funeral Planning

The celebration of the Christian funeral brings hope and consolation to the living. While proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and witnessing to Christian hope in the resurrection, the funeral rites also recall to all who take part in them God’s mercy and judgment and meet the human need to turn always to God times of crisis.

-Order of Christian Funerals


Who Should You Contact?

To schedule a funeral and a time to meet with our parish director, assisting priest, or deacon, please call the Parish Office, (414) 545-4316, Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. If you call outside of this time frame, press extension 20 and follow the instructions given. If you have contacted or will be contacting a funeral home, please do not plan a date until you schedule one here.


Planning the Funeral – What to Think About

  • Who will help place the white cloth on the casket (if there is one) and remove it afterwards? (It can be more than one person.)
  • An Old Testament Reading, and who will read it?
  • A New Testament Reading, and who will read it?
  • A Gospel Reading (read by the presider)
  • Prayers of the Faithful – if possible, write your own. Who will read them?
  • If it is a Mass, who will bring forward the bread and wine?
  • Who will assist with Communion?
  • Do you want anyone from the family to share a brief memory (3-4 minutes)? If yes, who?
  • What are your favorite memories/stories (discuss these with the presider)?
  • Any special music requests?
  • Any technology requests (e.g., use of the screens or DVD player to show a slideshow)?
  • Other special requests?



Many people have questions about the Catholic Church’s beliefs and traditions concerning funerals. Below are a couple of links to help answer these questions.

Catholic Funeral FAQs provided by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Bereavement and Funerals provided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops