What is special about Catholic Cemeteries?
Since the body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic Church has always set aside ground that is blessed and consecrated by God for the specific purpose of providing Christians with a dignified and holy resting place. The sacred nature of cemeteries is directly related to the Church’s belief in the resurrection of the body. Our Catholic Cemeteries serve as reminders that we must all one day pass from this earthly life to a better one, because the Church teaches that death is not an end, but a beginning to eternal life.
Who can be buried in a Catholic Cemetery?
Baptized Catholics may be buried in a Catholic cemetery. Likewise, non-Catholic spouses and other family members of Catholics may be buried in a Catholic Cemetery. A member of the clergy of the Church of the one being buried can certainly be invited to conduct burial services at the gravesite.
Do all cemeteries provide prayers for the deceased buried there?
Secular cemeteries may permit individual religious services at the time of the burial. A unique feature of Catholic cemeteries is that in addition to the gravesite services at burial, Mass is celebrated at all of our cemeteries on Memorial Day and All Souls Day. Our Bishops and priests closely associated with our Catholic Cemeteries are celebrants at these special Masses. All are invited to participate in these liturgies. Check with each Catholic Cemetery for a schedule of their special events.
How does the Catholic Church care for the poor at the time of death?
The poor, the indigent, those who find themselves in financial distress due to catastrophic events or circumstances, are to be afforded the same dignity and care as those who are able to fully pay for the goods and services offered by our Catholic Cemeteries. Structures are in place to enable Pastors of our local parishes to work closely with the Catholic Cemeteries to ensure that the requirements of these families and individuals are met.
Does the Catholic Church permit cremation?
Yes. Cremation is permitted, although the Church does prefer the body to be present at the funeral Mass. Please download our brochure for more information on Cremation and the Catholic Church. Facts About Cremation
I prefer a traditional burial but my spouse wants to be cremated, can we still be together?
Yes! All of our cemeteries have interment property that can accommodate either 2 traditional burials or one or two traditional burial(s) and an urn. Catholic cemeteries provide options to ensure that each person’s arrangements are in accordance with their wishes while creating a final resting place together.