Did somebody die? A requiem Mass is a funeral Mass.
You can go to any Mass any time. You can just go in and unobtrusively sit down and participate in Mass. Weddings too. Even if you don’t know the people getting married or buried, you can attend a Mass in a church. When I was a kid, lots of old ladies in the parish went to every wedding and funeral Mass.
What he said. I cantor for funerals and weddings often and many times parishioners or just people stopping in will sit in the back and participate in the mass. There is nothing wrong with doing that, and anyone can be in the church as long as they are respectful and as the poster said, unobtrusive. Actually for my own wedding, we had a couple homeless men come in and sit in the back (our parish is in the city) and have a photo of my husband shaking hands with them as we left the church. It was actually very sweet.
That frequently happens. I almost got into a “fight” on the Weight Watchers forum once because a guy named Dave was saying some stuff, and other people thought I was the same guy. My job had everyone set up with an ID for a certain program that used your first and middle initial and the first 3 letters of you last name. When I went to register it at Yahoo, someone already had daeve, so I added my birthday.
I think I knew that, but didn’t think of it. After my mother died, we went to a Mass on All Souls Day that was for everyone who died and was buried from the parish that year.
I used to sing funeral Masses when I was in grade school. I loved those old dirge-type songs. They were so dramatic. The solist sang To Paradise (if that’s the right name) in English when my uncle died about 7 or 8 years ago. That was very nice, and not dirge-y at all.