Funeral Preparation

In order to serve you better, the Parish has made this page and has elaborated items you might want to consider in planning the funeral of your loved one.

The following are questions you should keep in mind.  


  • Will you and your family have need of an easel for an image of your loved one?

  • Is anyone from the family emotionally ok to do any of the readings during Mass?

  • Would you and your family like to have music during the Mass?

  • The parish offers a hall for a small reception, will you and your family like to use it?


As you navigate this page, you will be able to have many of your questions answered. We ask that you please fill out the Liturgy planning form to ensure that the Mass goes as planned. If you and your family decide to use one of the Parish facilities then we also ask that you fill out the Facility Request Form.


If you and your family have any questions that are not listed below please fill out the following form and a team member will get back to you within 24 hours.

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Order of Mass

  • Body received by Priest and Sacristan in Vestibule (main doors)

  • Entrance Hymn

  • Eulogy (Eulogies are normally given at the Vigil, the night before. By exception, it can be done at the beginning of Mass.).

  • First Reading

  • Psalm

  • Second Reading (not required)

  • Gospel Acclamation

  • Gospel

  • Homily

  • Prayer of the Faithful (Petitions)

  • Offertory Hymn

  • Eucharistic Prayer

  • Communion Hymn

  • Final Blessing

  • Recessional Hymn



COVID - 19

Due to the current situation, there have been some changes due to county health regulations and Archdiocesan liturgical norms.

  • All Liturgies will be celebrated outside in the Parish school parking lot.

  • We ask for you to help us keep social distancing. Every other bench has a colored paper. 

    • The benches that have blue paper, indicates someone can sit on the edge of the bench. 

    • The benches the paper is pink indicates someone can sit in the middle of the bench. 

    • Families living in the same house can sit together.

1D A reading from the book of Wisdom (4:7-15)

The righteous, though they die early, will be at rest. For old age is not honoured for length of time, or measured by number of years; but understanding is grey hair for anyone,  and a blameless life is ripe old age. There were some who pleased God and were loved by him, and while living among sinners were taken up. They were caught up so that evil might not change their understanding or guile deceive their souls. For the fascination of wickedness obscures what is good, and roving desire perverts the innocent mind. Being perfected in a short time, they fulfilled long years; for their souls were pleasing to the Lord, therefore he took them quickly from the midst of wickedness. Yet the peoples saw and did not understand, or take such a thing to heart, that God’s grace and mercy are with his elect, and that he watches over his holy ones.

The Word of the Lord.



1E A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah (25:6-9)

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

The Word of the Lord.

1F A reading from the book of Lamentations (3:17-26)

My soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is; so I say, “Gone is my glory, and all that I had hoped for from the Lord.” The thought of my affliction and my homelessness is wormwood and gall! My soul continually thinks of it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

The Word of the Lord.

2D A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans (6:3-9)

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like is, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion
over him.

The Word of the Lord.

2E A reading from the first letter of Paul to the Thessalonians (4:13-18)

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God‘s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

The Word of the Lord.



2F A reading from the book of Revelation (21:1-5a,6b-7)

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.”

The Word of the Lord.


G4 A reading from the holy gospel

according to Luke


Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. “But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.“

The Gospel of the Lord.


G5 A reading from the holy gospel according to John (12:23-28)

Jesus answered Andrew and Philip, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour. “Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say -- “Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.”
Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

G6 A reading from the holy gospel according to John (14:1-6)

Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going. “Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

The Gospel of the Lord.


For a minimal stipend, the Parish staff can provide a singer and pianist for Mass. There is a $50 bench fee if you decide to bring your own musicians (this also applies if you bring a mariachi). Out of parish musicians are to bring their own microphones and cables.

Below are options for Entrance, Offertory, Communion, and Recessional hymns. The ordinary of the Mass and Psalm is pre-selected based on Liturgical season and  norms. There is an extra stipend to learn a hymn that is not listen in the list below. Any hymn that is requested must be liturgically approved by the USCCB.

The English Mass setting that is sung is Mass of Restoration. This includes the Gospel Acclamation, Holy, When We Eat This Bread, Amen, Lamb of God.

For further questions please email Jorge at

Entrance Hymn

Be Not Afraid
00:00 / 01:28
In the Arms of God
00:00 / 01:07

Offertory Hymn

So Longs My Soul
00:00 / 01:02
God, Our Source and Life, Unite Us
00:00 / 01:17

Communion Hymn

Bread of Life
00:00 / 01:14
I Am Yours
00:00 / 01:28

Recessional Hymn

On Eagles Wings
00:00 / 01:03
We Remember
00:00 / 00:49

Other hymns that you can choose:

You are Near (Dan Shutte), Here I Am (Tom Booth), I am the Bread of Life, In Every Age (Whitaker), I Am (Melley), Hungry (Kathryn Scott), I Am the Bread of Life (Kaczmarek), I Am the Bread of Life (Toolan), Taste and See (Moore), We Will Rise Again (David Haas)

Liturgy Planning

Music Selection





As an act of support to you and your family, the Parish provides a facility for a reception to take place before or after the Funeral Mass.

There three halls available during the weekday. Guadalupe Hall (A2), St. Joseph Hall (A3), and Madonna Plaza (B). When it is necessary, St. John Hall (B4) and Immaculate Conception Hall (B5) are also available.

The Parish has activities during the day and it might be that the hall you are requesting might be occupied. Nonetheless, the Parish staff will accommodate you and your family in one of our Parish Halls.

There is no cost to use one of the Parish facilities. It is common that families donate $200 to cover the hall expenses.

Guadalupe Hall (A2)

  • Located in the Parish Center (in front of the Church Building)

  • Holds approximately 250 guests with tables and chairs

  • 16 rectangular tables and 10 round tables.

  • Restrooms inside the hall

  • Projector and Wireless microphones available. Projector has HDMI, VGA, Aux inputs. Family is required to bring their laptop and cables. 

  • Heating area for food included with warmers, fridge, sink, counter space, ice maker and microwave.

Guadalupe Hall
Guadalupe Hall
Guadalupe Hall
Guadalupe Hall
Guadalupe Hall
Guadalupe Hall
Guadalupe Hall

St. Joseph Hall (A3)

  • Located in the Parish Center (in front of the Church Building)

  • Holds approximately 80 guests with tables and chairs once tables and chairs are all placed.

  • 16 rectangular tables and 10 round tables.

  • Restrooms are around the corner in front of the Parish front desk (15 steps away from Hall).

  • Projector and Wireless microphones available. Projector has HDMI, VGA, Aux inputs. Family is required to bring their laptop and cables. 


Madonna Plaza (B)

  • Located on the west side of the Church, next to the gas stations.

  • Outdoor location that can fit approximately 200 guests.

  • 16 rectangular tables.

  • Restrooms are available in the hallway inside the Plaza.

  • Each room inside the Madonna Plaza (St. John and Immaculate Conception Hall) comes with a projector. Projector has a VGA input. Family is required to bring their laptop and cables. 

  • There is a serving area outside with a sink and refrigerator.

Facility Request

I understand that Hall availability varies and is dependent on Parish activities already scheduled.

I agree that no alcoholic beverages will be consumed on Church property.

I Understand there is no smoking in Church property.

I will be responsible for any damage or stolen property that occurs during my time in the hall.

I agree to set up and clean up. Clean up entails, throwing away all the trash and putting away tables and chairs. (If I am not able to prepare or clean the room, I agree to make an additional donation to the Parish to facilitate the staff time for set up and clean up.)


The following are resources we hope can assist your family.


A Roman Catholic Parish of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

© St. Joseph Church 2020

Designed by Jorge Lopez

11901 Acacia Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250

Numero de Teléfono: (310) 679 - 1139

Fax: (310) 679-3034


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