From a reader:
Our parish has a long standing tradition of remembering the souls of parishioners and/or family members who passed away during the last calendar year. During the All Souls Day Mass family members of the deceased process one by one with a candle as the name of their deceased loved one is read. The candles are then placed on the side altars. While I am thrilled that we use the Feast of All Souls to actually remember and pray for the deceased, the procession and recitation of the names is quite lengthy and seems like something added to the liturgy for purely sentimental reasons. I was reminded of this practice recently as the announcement in the bulletin for participating in the service once again appeared. I am wondering if this practice is common in other parishes.
I think it is wonderful to remember the dead and then to pray for them. Too often, funerals are canonization ceremonies after which few remember to pray or gain indulgences for the deceased.
But what you describe is not part of the Mass. This is something well-intentioned, but not part of the Mass.
In my opinion, it would be better to do this before Mass begins.
Things like this should never be allowed to start (during Mass, at least). It is at times hard to stop abuses, especially those which are loaded with sentimentality. In this case, however, they could keep the custom by doing it before Mass.