• Fr. Thomas will begin saying a Spanish Mass at St. Peter Claver on the 2nd and 4th Sundaysof the month at 12:30pm.

  • Mass Intentions – Guidelines from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston; Mass stipends are deposited in a separate checking account. If you are writing a check, please make it payable to St. Peter Claver. The current suggested level of giving is $20 for a weekend Mass or $10 for a daily Mass. Any offering, however, is most welcome, and, if you do not have funds to offer, you are encouraged to request your Mass intention
  • The standard procedure for a funeral at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church is that a funeral director (funeral home or mortuary) work with St. Peter Claver parish staff to set up the details of the visitation, funeral Mass or liturgy, luncheon and interment. Funeral directors are very helpful to the parish in that they arrange for the times of the events, assist in setting up for the visitation if it is held at St. Peter Claver, and help the family in coordinating the luncheon and the interment. They also provide valuable assistance with programs, easels and tables for pictures and memory displays, and guest books. Normally the procedure is that, after news of death, the funeral home is contacted first. The funeral home will then contact St. Peter Claver to determine possible times and dates for a funeral Mass/Liturgy. The family will meet with the funeral director and confirm the date/time. Family members should then contact St. Peter Claver to arrange for a meeting with the pastor who will preside at the funeral. This is to choose scripture readings, hymns, and other details of the funeral liturgy.

    Stations for wakes and vigils
    Vigils and wakes may take place in St. Peter Claver Church. Set-up (flowers, easels, etc.) may take place anytime, after previously scheduled Liturgies however, the time and place of the visitation and other details may only be set up at the direction of the Funeral Home/ Director.
    Flowers may be left for use in the church at the discretion of the family as a temporary memorial to the deceased.
    Memorials may be directed to St. Peter Claver. There are many projects for the family to consider with a wide range in value.

    Recommended Funeral Stipends
    All Stipends and fees for clergy and Musicians will be determined by the Funeral Home/ Director.
    Luncheon Committee: Our Funeral Luncheon Committee can provide a luncheon or refreshments either during the hours of visitation (if this takes place at St. Peter Claver) or after the interment. The Committee will assist with set-up, serving & clean-up for the lunch. Our Funeral Luncheon Committee considers it an honor to provide you and your family with good food and place for fellowship. Any special requests or special dietary needs can be discussed with the appropriate members of the Funeral Luncheon Committee.
    While no stipend/fee is expected, families often choose to make a gift as a sign of their appreciation for the luncheon and or refreshments provided by the volunteers of St. Peter Claver Parish. Any monetary gifts will be used to provide a luncheon or refreshments for another grieving family.

    Guest Priest/Deacon
    Policy: If the family of the deceased requests guest clergy, the pastor of St. Peter Claver is to be informed. The presider should speak to the family. The funeral liturgy will be presided over by the pastor of St. Peter Claver. The guest Roman Catholic priest/deacon will always be welcome to concelebrate (or assist in the case of a deacon) as long as he is in good standing. At the discretion of the pastor, the guest priest/deacon may be permitted to give the homily, final commendation and lead the service at the cemetery. Normally, a guest priest or deacon will not preside at a funeral liturgy.

    Mass or Liturgy without Mass?
    Policy: The standard liturgy for a deceased Catholic who was in good standing with the Church is a Mass, with the body present. Cremation is certainly permissible, but in accordance with Church Law the ashes of the deceased are never to be scattered, used to make jewelry, incorporated into works of art, divided among family and friends and kept in a private home. The Church believes that proper respect should be shown to our deceased brothers and sisters and so their mortal remains must be properly interred. If the burial is to take place out of state, the pastor of St. Peter Claver must be informed of the name and location of the Cemetery and the local clergy who will perform the necessary burial rites. The details of the burial are not to be “left up in the air” but must be determined before the pastor of St. Peter Claver will celebrate the Funeral Liturgy. A Mass should always be the presumed format. If there is question about whether a liturgy without Mass might be more appropriate, the pastor should speak to the family. In a case where the deceased is not a practicing Catholic, or lived a life publicly contradicting Catholic beliefs and practice, a liturgy without a Mass might be more appropriate. In the case of a public sinner, a private funeral is appropriate.

    A Child who has died before Baptism:
    Policy: A Mass can always be celebrated for a child who has died, even without baptism. Appropriate prayers are used if the child was not baptized.

    Funerals for non-Catholics
    Policy: A Catholic funeral may be celebrated (even a Mass) for a person who is not a Catholic, as long as this would not offend the sensibilities of those who attend. This case may arise when the living spouse is Catholic, and the spouse who died practiced no religion.

    Eulogies
    The grieving process necessarily includes time to remember the life of the deceased loved one. In the Catholic funeral rite, this is most appropriately done during the time of visitation, at lunch, or even at the Vigil (Wake) Service.
    Since the Funeral Mass is primarily the time for praise and thanks for God’s gift of eternal life in Jesus, we discourage the inclusion of a eulogy at the Mass. Therefore, please be sure to plan for eulogies at the Vigil (Wake) Service or Funeral Luncheon.
    If a eulogy is to be delivered at the visitation or luncheon, the reflections may be no more than three minutes long. It must be presented to the pastor of St. Peter Claver in writing in advance of the Visitation.

    Funeral Music
    General
    “Music is integral to the funeral rites. It allows the community to express convictions and feelings that words alone may fail to convey. It has power to console and uplift the mourners and to strengthen the unity of the assembly in faith and love. The texts of songs chosen for a particular celebration should express the paschal mystery of the Lord’s suffering, death, and triumph over death and should be related to the readings from Scripture.

    Since music can evoke strong feelings, the music for the celebration rites should be chosen with great care. The music at funerals should support, console, and uplift the participants and should help to create in them a spirit of hope in Christ’s victory over death and in the Christian’s share in the victory.

    Music should be provided for the vigil and the funeral liturgy and, whenever possible, for the funeral processions and the rite of committal. The specific notes that precede each of these rites suggest places in the rites where music is appropriate. Many musical settings used by the parish community during the liturgical year may be suitable for use at funerals. Efforts should be made to develop and expand the parish’s repertoire for use at funerals.
    An organist or other instrumentalist, a cantor, and whenever possible, even a choir should assist the assembly’s full participation in singing the songs, responses, and acclamations of these rites” (Order of Christian Funerals: General Introduction, 30-33).

    Specific to St. Peter Claver Parish:
    Because music has such a dignified place within the funeral liturgies, at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church we presume that our Musicians will be assisting at each funeral, please see Funeral Policies and Procedures for further details. Guest musicians or cantors will be considered at the family’s request and could be incorporated into the funeral liturgy according to specific abilities and preferences of each musician or cantor.

    The following are lists of music suitable to Catholic Funeral Liturgies. Music not appearing on these lists will be considered on an individual basis, and recorded music and secular/ popular music is never appropriate for Catholic liturgy.

    Hymns – General
    I Know that My Redeemer Lives
    Jerusalem, My Happy Home
    Jesus Christ is Risen Today
    Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All
    Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
    Lift High the Cross
    Lord of All Hopefulness
    Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
    Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
    Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory
    O God our Help in Ages Past
    Precious Lord, Take My Hand
    Rejoice, The Lord is King
    Shall We Gather at the River
    Sing with All the Saints in Glory
    Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
    The Church’s One Foundation
    The King of Love My Shepherd Is
    There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
    To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King
    We Shall Rise Again
    We Walk by Faith
    What Wondrous Love is This
    You Are Mine
    All Creatures of Our God and King
    Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
    Amazing Grace
    Blest Are They
    By All Your Saints Still Striving
    Crown Him with Many Crowns
    For All the Saints
    Holy God We Praise Thy Name
    Holy, Holy, Holy
    How Can I Keep From Singing
    How Firm a Foundation
    I Am the Bread of Life
    I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
    I Know that My Redeemer Lives
    Jerusalem, My Happy Home
    Jesus Christ is Risen Today
    Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All
    Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
    Lift High the Cross
    Lord of All Hopefulness
    Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
    Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
    Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory
    O God our Help in Ages Past
    Precious Lord, Take My Hand
    Rejoice, The Lord is King
    Shall We Gather at the River
    Sing with All the Saints in Glory
    Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
    The Church’s One Foundation
    The King of Love My Shepherd Is
    There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
    To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King
    We Shall Rise Again
    We Walk by Faith
    What Wondrous Love is This
    You Are Mine
    Solos
    Ave Maria (Gounod or Schubert)
    Ave Verum Corpus
    Day is Done
    Panis Angelicus

    Hymns – Easter
    Alleluia, Alleluia Give Thanks
    At the Lamb’s High Feast
    Be Joyful Mary
    Christ the Lord is Risen Again
    Christ the Lord is Risen Today
    Come Raise the Joyful Strain
    Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise
    Jesus Christ is Risen Today
    O Sons and Daughters
    Rejoice Angelic Choirs
    Sing to the Mountains
    The Strife is o’er
    This is the Feast of Victory

    Hymns – Advent
    Come, O Long Expected Jesus
    Comfort, Comfort , O My People
    Creator of the Stars of Night
    My Soul in Stillness Waits
    O Come, O Come Emmanuel
    On Jordan’s Bank
    The King Shall Come
    When the King Shall Come…

    Hymns – Christmas
    Angels, from the Realms of…
    Angels We Have Heard…
    Go Tell it on the Mountain
    Good Christian Friends Rejoice
    Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
    Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
    It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
    Joy to the World
    Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
    O Come, All Ye Faithful
    O Little Town of Bethlehem
    Silent Night, Holy Night
    Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
    What Child is This

    Response Psalms
    Psalm 23: Shepherd Me, O God
    Psalm 25: To You, O Lord
    Psalm 27: The Lord is My Light
    Psalm 63: Your Love is Finer than…
    Psalm 91: All Who Dwell…
    Psalm 103: The Lord is Kind and …
    Psalm 130: With the Lord there is…

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