We at St. Anthony of Padua want to express our sympathy at the loss of your loved one. Our faith reminds us that our Lord is the God of all consolation! He comforts us in all our afflictions, and enables us to comfort those who grieve with the same consolation we have received from Him. May our compassionate Lord be with you in a special way during this time of grief. if you need to contact us in an emergency please call 352 588-3081, if this is outside of office hours select the option to contact a priest on call.
The Church, through its funeral rites, commends the dead to God’s merciful love. During our funeral rites, especially at the celebration of the Eucharistic sacrifice, the Christian community affirms and expresses the union of the Church on earth with the Church in heaven in the one great communion of saints. 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 meet the human need to turn always to God in times of crisis, while we hold each other in prayer.
Funeral Procedures and Protocol
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church is staffed from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am -12:00 noon on Friday. When the parish office is closed, please follow phone prompts for an emergency. The on-call priest will respond to the call as soon as possible.
Funerals with a Funeral Director
The standard procedure for a funeral at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church is that a funeral director (funeral home or mortuary) work with St. Anthony’s parish staff to set up the details of the visitation, funeral Mass or liturgy 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. Anthony’s, and help the family in coordinating 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. Anthony’s to determine possible times and dates for a funeral Mass/Liturgy. The family will meet with the funeral director and confirm the date/time of the funeral. Family members should then do two things, first contact St. Anthony’s to arrange for a meeting with the priest or deacon who will preside at the funeral. This is to finalize the choice of scripture readings, hymns, and other details of the funeral liturgy. Second fill out the funeral planning sheet that can be found on this page by scrolling down.
Planning a Funeral
Funeral planning typically takes place during a meeting between the priest or deacon who will be presiding over the funeral rites and family members of the deceased. As soon as possible the family should contact the parish office by calling 352-588-3081 to schedule a meeting to make the necessary arrangements.
Funeral Planning Sheet
The funeral planning sheet is a guide to begin the planning process prior to meeting with the priest or deacon who will preside over the funeral rites. No funeral planning is finalized until after a meeting with the presider of the funeral. You may complete this form online prior to meeting with the priest or deacon scrolling down to the bottom of this page.
Vigils and Wakes
Vigils and wakes may take place in the church or in the funeral home. Set-up (flowers, easels, etc.) may take place one hour prior to service, if that service is to be held at the church.
Memorials in lieu of flowers are always appreciated and may be directed to St. Anthony's. There are many projects for the family to consider with a wide range in value.
Recommended Funeral Stipends
The following suggested stipends/fees are based on services rendered by St. Anthony's staff. [In case of financial hardship, please talk with the pastor.]
Sacristan (1) $ 25.00
Cantor $ 50.00
Servers $ 20.00
***While no stipend/fee is expected, families often choose to make a gift as a sign of their appreciation for the pastoral services rendered by the presiding priest and assisting deacon. In addition to the funeral service itself, this may include wake/vigil and burial services. In funerals without a Mass, a deacon usually presides.
If the family of the deceased requests a guest clergy, the pastor is to be informed. The pastor and the family will still meet to ensure that the funeral liturgy is planned according to our customs at St Anthony’s. If the priest or deacon is not clergy of the diocese of St. Petersburg, they will need to provide a letter of good standing from their diocese prior to being allowed to celebrate or assist at the funeral liturgy
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, or 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 do not allow the inclusion of a eulogy at the Mass. Therefore, please be sure to plan for eulogies at the Vigil (Wake) Service.
Funeral Music Specific to St. Anthony of Padua
The Music Ministry at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church extends to you our deepest sympathy. 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. Because music has such a dignified place within the funeral liturgies, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church we presume that our music director and available members of the choir will be assisting at each funeral. 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, but must always work in cooperation with our music director. You may contact him directly either by telephone (preferred) or email
Dennis Margheim Phone: 915-540 9467 E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
During the final commendation, we will sing a short refrain of “May the choirs of angels come to greet you.”
Please contact Dennis at your earliest convenience to plan your music. We are here to help in any way we can.
Please fill in our funeral planning sheet at the bottom of this page
Suggested Funeral Readings
The following is a list of Scriptures appropriate for use at Funeral Liturgies. One reading is chosen from each the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Gospels, typically the Responsorial Psalm is sung, please discuss that with the Music Director and he will help you choose an appropriate Psalm for the liturgy.
**Non-Scripture readings cannot be read in place of these readings,
NOTE: If you click on the reading it will open so that you can read the whole scripture verse,
Then select that reading in the Funeral planning sheet at the bottom of the page