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Funeral Masses are celebrated as Parish Community Masses at 10.00 a.m. on weekdays and 12.15 p.m. on Sundays. A visiting priest is welcome to celebrate a Funeral Mass at a time other than these times. On a day where there are two funerals a second Funeral Mass will be celebrated at a time arranged by the family of the deceased. If the Funeral Mass is followed by burial in a cemetery outside the city the undertaker may have to make arrangements with the priest of that parish to assist at the graveside.

The priest saying the Funeral Mass will call with the family of the deceased to discuss the Funeral Liturgy and will provide suitable readings and prayers for the Mass. Suitable poetry or prayers of reflection can be read after communion but it is not the practice in our parish to invite friends or family members to reminisce about the deceased during the Funeral Mass. This can be done in the home of the deceased or at the graveside.

Music for the Funeral Mass is usually arranged by the family or by the undertaker and is always suited to the dignity of the Funeral Liturgy. If at all possible a priest will call to the wake each evening to lead the family in prayers for the deceased. It is no longer our practice to hear Confessions in the wake house.

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  Steelstown Parish (Our Lady of Lourdes), Derry City - Telephone : 028 7135 1718