Funerals Planning a Funeral at Saint John the Baptist

Planning a funeral can be a difficult and emotional task, but the staff at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Parish is here to help guide you through the process and provide support for you and your loved ones.

The first step in planning a funeral at Saint John the Baptist is to make arrangements with a funeral director. The funeral director will assist in obtaining the necessary documents and will coordinate with the church on the details of the funeral service.

Next, the family will consult with the funeral coordinator from Saint John the Baptist to plan the funeral liturgy. This includes selecting readings from the Bible, selecting hymns and music, and planning any other aspects of the liturgy. The church’s funeral coordinator will also provide guidance and support to the family during this difficult time.

The funeral liturgy at Saint John the Baptist typically a funeral Mass, which includes the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. During the Liturgy of the Word, there are readings from the Bible and a homily. During the Liturgy of the Eucharist, we commemorate the life, passion and death of Jesus Christ and Catholics attending the funeral receive Holy Communion.

Note, the Catholic Church has guidelines regarding the funeral mass, such as the music that can be played, and those aspects should be discussed with our staff. Also, the proper time and place for sharing of memories of your loved one is either at a Vigil at the funeral home or the reception. Brief memories may be shared immediately following the Closing Prayer of the funeral Mass for 5-10 minutes, but the Church has other weddings and funerals and therefore the sharing of memories should be brief immediately following Mass.

After the funeral, the family may choose to have a reception at the church in our Holy Family Center. This designated space is where family and friends can gather and share memories of their loved one.

The staff at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Parish understand that planning a funeral can be overwhelming, and they are here to provide guidance and support to the family every step of the way. They are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have, please feel free to reach out to them.

It is also important to mention that the Catholic Church has a belief in the resurrection of the body, and the funerals celebrate both the death and the eternal life of the deceased. It is a time for both mourning and hope, and the Saint John the Baptist community is here to support you in both.

Find Comfort in Faith

In times of loss, we remember that our Lord Jesus Christ suffered death and rose again from the dead. He promised to raise up his followers "on the last day."

Call our Church Office to Schdule a Funeral at (954) 771-8950.

Frequently asked questions about funerals at Saint John the Baptist

What is a vigil for the deceased?

The Vigil for the Deceased is the principal rite celebrated by the Christian community in the time following death and before the Funeral Mass. It is usually celebrated in the funeral home when family and friends gather around the coffin.

What is a funeral Mass?

A Funeral Mass is the central liturgical celebration of the Christian community for the deceased.

What is the Rite of Commital?

The Rite of Commital is the final prayer of the community of faith. It may be celebrated at the grave, tomb, or niche and used for burial at sea. Planning for the Catholic Funeral Rites should be made directly with the parish.

Does the Catholic Church Allow Cremation?

Yes, the Funeral Rites of the Church may be held in the presence of the cremated remains of the deceased. The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they come. This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried and their final disposition. Cremated remains should be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium.The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping the remains at home of the deceased are not the reverend disposition that the Church requires.

How Do I Schedule A Funeral?

To schedule a funeral at St. Coleman's Catholic Church in Fort Lauderdale Beach, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

Can there be a eulogy?

Yes, you may have 1 or 2 people speak for 2-5 minutes total after the closing prayer of the Mass. The eulogy may be done at the end of Mass or at the Rite of Committal (graveside).

Old Testament Funeral Readings

New Testament Funeral Readings