The Catholic Cemetery
When we are baptized, we are brought to a sacred place, a Catholic church, and there baptized into the mystery of Christ's death and resurrection, thus receiving the promise of eternal life. When loved ones die, we take them to another sacred place, a Catholic cemetery, while they await the resurrection of the dead and the fulfillment of the promise of eternal life.
Death is a natural part of life. The Catholic Church, like a gentle mother, embraces us from birth throughout life until the time of death. We believe that through faith life has changed not ended. With eyes of faith, death as seen as a natural passageway to a changed life with God. Burial in a Catholic cemetery is a statement of continued belief in that everlasting life, even in the face of death.
Why Choose A Catholic Cemetery?
Respect, Dignity and Honor
Catholic cemeteries are part of the ministry of the Roman Catholic Church. Through the Church, the Body of Christ, we are touched with mercy, love, grace and goodness from the womb to the tomb.
Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, baptized with water, anointed with oil, nourished with the Body and Blood of the Lord, touched with healing and love. Christ himself shared not only our nature, but also our very mortal bodies; therefore, we should always treat human beings and their mortal remains with respect, dignity and honor.
In our Catholic Cemeteries, we carry out sacred religious functions [Canon Law 1205], create a place of care and prayer, and express the beauty of our relationship to God through graced environments that feature beautiful landscapes and mausoleums, spiritual artwork and sacred shrines. Here we can fulfill the Corporal Work of Mercy to Bury the dead along with the Spiritual Works of Mercy to Console the sorrowing and Pray for the living and the dead.
Your Catholic Cemeteries…
…attest to the unity of the living and the dead — a sign of the "Communion of Saints" in our midst.
…express in words, deeds and objects our belief in the sacredness of human persons, living and dead —
whether male or female, rich or poor, powerful or ordinary.
…provide a focus for the Christian community for prayerful remembrance of the dead.
…speak of life beyond life, life after death.