A Requiem or Requiem Mass, also known as Mass for the dead (Latin: Missa pro defunctis) or Mass of the dead (Latin: Missa defunctorum), is a Mass in the Catholic Church offered for the repose of the soul or souls of one or more deceased persons, using a particular form of the Roman Missal. It is usually, but not necessarily, celebrated in the context of a funeral.
Musical settings of the propers of the Requiem Mass are also called Requiems, and the term has subsequently been applied to other musical compositions associated with death, dying, and mourning, even when they lack religious or liturgical relevance.
A Requiem Mass can be offered for the funeral if desired. However, we must know in advance in order to have enough altar servers. And our music director would require to have an extra cantor to assist in chanting the vast amount of chants. (An extra cantor would require another $150.00 to pay them.)
If you would like a Requiem for your or your loved one’s funeral, be sure to tell the funeral director and call the parish office as soon as possible so we can make preparations.
You can download an outline of the Requiem Mass here.
You can also view a Requiem Mass at Holy Ghost on July 30, 2018. The audio quality is poor due to an echo. It begins around 21:00.