Roman Catholic Funeral Services

Roman Catholic funeral services in Singapore are religious services held for someone of the Catholic faith who has passed away. During these services, they ask God for mercy on the deceased person’s soul.

In the traditional funeral ceremony, a wake is held several days before the funeral. This is a time for family and friends to pay their respects to the deceased. A Roman Catholic priest typically leads the wake and delivers a sermon that may include prayers, scripture readings, and snippets commemorating the deceased’s time on Earth.

Key elements and components of Roman Catholic Funeral Services In Singapore:

With the prayers recited at the wake itself, the coffin will be brought to a full funeral mass held at the Catholic Church. Then, more prayers are recited during the full funeral mass held at the Catholic Church. Once the funeral mass is completed, the coffin will be brought back to the aisle and taken for cremation at Mandai Crematorium.

With our Roman Catholic funeral services, we provide a full sound system setup with microphones and speakers. Also, a Divine Mercy backdrop and candles throughout the days of the funeral wake are provided.

Catholic funeral services are rich in tradition and ritual, guided by the teachings of the Catholic Church. These services aim to provide comfort to the bereaved while also expressing the Church’s beliefs about life, death, and the hope of eternal life.

1. Vigil Service (Wake):

  • Purpose
    • The vigil service is typically held on the evening before the funeral. It is an opportunity for family and friends to gather, offer prayers, and share memories of the deceased.
  • Components:
    • Opening prayers
    • Scripture readings
    • Reflections on the life of the deceased
    • Prayers of intercession
    • Concluding prayers

2. Funeral Mass:

  • Purpose
    • The funeral Mass is a central element of Catholic funeral services. It is a liturgical celebration of the deceased person’s life and a prayer for their eternal rest.
  • Components:
    • Procession: 
      • The entrance of the casket was accompanied by clergy and mourners.
    • Liturgy of the Word: 
      • Readings from the Old and New Testaments, a responsorial psalm, and a Gospel reading.
    • Homily: 
      • A sermon reflecting on the readings and the life of the deceased.
    • Liturgy of the Eucharist: 
      • The celebration of the Holy Communion.
    • Final Commendation and Farewell: 
      • Concluding prayers, blessing, and dismissal.

3. Rite of Committal:

  • Purpose
    • The rite of committal takes place at the gravesite or the place of interment. It is a final act of farewell and a prayer for the deceased person’s eternal rest.
  • Components:
    • Scripture readings
    • Prayers for the deceased
    • Committal prayers as the casket is lowered into the ground or the body is entombed.

4. Symbols and Rituals:

  • Holy Water: 
    • Symbolizing purification and the sacrament of baptism.
  • Incense: 
    • Representing prayers rising to heaven.
  • Pall: 
    • A white cloth was placed on the casket as a symbol of baptism and the white garment was received at baptism.
  • Candles: 
    • Lit to symbolize the presence of Christ, the Light of the World.

5. Prayers for the Deceased:

  • Eternal Rest Prayer (Requiem Aeternam): A prayer for the deceased’s soul, asking for eternal rest.
  • Prayers of Intercession: Petitions for the deceased and those mourning their loss.

6. Sacrament of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick:

  • Confession: 
    • The opportunity for the deceased to receive the sacrament of reconciliation before passing.
  • Anointing of the Sick: 
    • Administered if the deceased received this sacrament during their final moments.

7. Customs and Cultural Variations:

  • Customs may vary based on cultural practices and local traditions while adhering to the core Catholic funeral rites.

Catholic funeral services provide a framework for expressing grief, celebrating the life of the departed, and affirming the hope of resurrection and eternal life in the Christian faith. The specifics may vary based on local traditions and cultural influences.

With our Roman Catholic funeral services in Singapore, we provide a full sound system setup with microphones and speakers. Also, a Divine Mercy backdrop and candles throughout the days of the funeral wake are provided.

Cost of a Roman Catholic Funeral Service & Package in Singapore

The cost of a Roman Catholic funeral service and package in Singapore can vary depending on several factors, but generally starts around SGD 4,888 and can go up from there.

  • Number of wake days: Funeral packages typically start with 3 days and go up to 5 or 6 days. More days allow for a longer wake and more visitors to pay respects.
  • Location of wake: Holding the wake at a void deck (open area below HDB flats) is generally cheaper than a church or funeral parlour.
  • Casket selection: The quality and material of the casket can significantly impact the price. Additional services may include catering, obituary notices, or live streaming of the service.