Music for Requiem Mass

Music for a Requiem Mass

Director of Music, John Anthony Volpe, M.Th.


Congratulations on your engagement! This guide is designed to assist you in planning the music for your celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage. First you will want to decide whether you prefer a Wedding Mass, which includes the reception of Holy Communion, or a Wedding Ceremony without Holy Communion. Either can precede the Sacrament of the Rite of Marriage. The choice that you make will determine the range of music.

Prospective couples should contact the Director of Music at least six months in advance of your intended date. Please email the Director of Music, John Anthony Volpe, to introduce yourselves:

To begin your planning, we invite you to celebrate Mass with us and to schedule a meeting with the Director of Music before or after that Mass.

If you prefer to participate in a Mass with more traditional music, we encourage you to attend @ 4pm Saturday or @ 8am on Sunday. These two Masses feature our recently restored 1892 Harris & Woodbridge organ. If you prefer participation in a Mass with more contemporary music, we invite you to join us @10:30am or 6pm on Sunday, where you can hear our Steinway grand piano, and on occasion, flute, or guitar.


Prior to consulting with the Director of Music, we invite you to follow the links at the end of this pamphlet and listen to the recordings of sample music selections. This list contains liturgically suitable suggestions and where in the program they would appear. The list is by no means exhaustive; it is a sampling of music to get you started with some ideas.


Music is an essential part of the liturgy. Each piece serves a particular function, whether it be to accompany the processional, serve as a hymn of praise, or respond in song to a Psalm. To be liturgically appropriate, all music must be drawn from sacred (Biblical) text. Secular pieces or popular songs are not suitable for a Catholic church setting. If you have any questions about special music selections that are meaningful to you, the Director of Music will gladly offer guidance.


There are separate fees for the organist/pianist, cantor/psalmist, and instrumentalists (where selected) who will serve at the funeral Mass.

The Director of Music has first right of refusal for himself or other parish organists for all funerals held at Saint Mary-St. Catherine of Siena. If an outside organist is requested the Director of Music will approve the guest organist and will receive a bench fee in keeping with the Parish Policy and the Code of Professional Development of the American Guild of Organists. The bench fee is $150 and covers a consultation with the Director of Music regarding the music liturgy. This fee includes helping to choose specific music, offering formatting ideas for listing music and composers in a funeral program/worship aid, and coordinating, scheduling, and rehearsing with outside musicians (e.g., flautist, trumpeter, harpist). A bench fee is not required unless you choose an outside organist/pianist.

The organist/pianist fee is $350. Please make the check payable directly to the musician and give it to the parish funeral coordinator.

The cantor/psalmist fee is $300. Please make your check payable directly to the cantor.

The fee for an additional instrumentalist (e.g., flautist, harpist) is $300. Please make your check payable directly to the instrumentalist and give it to the parish coordinator.


For the Funeral Mass, you will need to choose one music selection for each of the following parts of the Mass: a) Processional, b) Responsorial Psalm, c) Presentation and Preparation of the Gifts, d) Communion, and e) Recessional.


Ave Maria, Schubert.

Ave Maria, Bach/Gounod.

Canon in D, Pachelbel.

Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Bach.

Air on a G String, Bach.

Bridal Chorus, Wagner.


Psalm 33:         Blessed the People

Psalm 34:         Taste and See

Psalm 89:         Forever I Will Sing the Goodness of the Lord

Psalm 103:       The Lord is Kind and Merciful

Psalm 118:       This Is the Day
Psalm 128:       Blest Are Those Who Love You

Psalm 145:       I Will Praise Your Name


Endless is Your Love, Kendzia.

O How Blessed, Schutte.

Eyes and Hands of Christ, Kendzia.

Love Goes On, Farrell.

When Love is Found, DeBruyn.


As Grains Of Wheat

Bread of Angels, Stephan.

Bread of Life, Fisher.

Our Blessing Cup, Hurd.

One in Body, Heart and Mind, Walker.

One Love Released, Frenzel and Keil.

A Place at Your Table, Walther.


Love Divine, All Love Excelling, Wesley.

Praise the Lord Ye King of Heaven, Handel.

Trumpet Voluntary, Clark.

O God Beyond All Praising, Holst.

Hymn to Joy, Beethoven.

All Creatures of Our God and King, Draper.