Funerals are typically arranged with the assistance of a funeral home in conjunction with parish staff. To begin the process of planning a Funeral Mass, please call the parish office at 206-523-6776. Below are some general guidelines for funerals at Our Lady of the Lake Parish.
Funerals may be celebrated on any day of the week except for Sundays and other special liturgical days in the Church calendar (Holy Days of Obligation) and are normally celebrated at 11:00 AM on weekdays, and 11:30 AM on Saturdays with an optional hour of visitation (Rosary) in the church before the Mass. Many times, families wish to have a Rosary or Scripture Service led by a deacon at the funeral home the evening before the funeral. This can be arranged through the parish office.
A meeting with the priest celebrating the funeral should take place a few days before the Mass itself. This meeting will be to go over details of the Mass (music, readings etc.) and can be set up through the parish office. The family will be able to choose the music and readings, including an Old Testament Reading, a New Testament Reading, and the Gospel Reading. Please refer to the Funeral Planning Worksheet to get started.
For the list of approved readings from which to choose, please click HERE
We are happy to host a Funeral Luncheon in our parish hall after the Mass, dependent upon the availability of both the hall and our luncheon volunteers. For your convenience, we have provided some information on how to plan your funeral reception.