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What is the Church’s stance on cremation?

The Church continues to prefer the practice of burying the body of the deceased, because this shows a greater esteem towards the deceased. Nevertheless, cremation is not prohibited, “unless it was chosen for reasons contrary to Christian doctrine.”

The Church’s position is that during life, the human body was a temple of the Holy Spirit and should be treated with the same dignity and respect, after death, whether in full body form or cremated remains. Therefore, one wouldn’t do anything with cremated remains that one wouldn’t do with a full body — no scattering, no long-term storage in the home, no separation, no combining of ashes, and each person should have a dignified final resting place within a cemetery.

What is a mausoleum?

A mausoleum is a building (structure) designed to provide above-ground entombments for both caskets and cremated remains.

What is a columbarium?

A columbarium is a smaller, outdoor structure for above-ground entombment, specifically for cremated remains.

What is an interment fee?

The interment fee is a cemetery charge for the preparation, opening and closing of a burial right — grave space, crypt, or niche.  In addition, a portion of each interment fee is deposited into the Perpetual Care Endowment Trust to provide funds for the on-going care of the cemeteries.

How are memorial Masses at Catholic Cemeteries different than memorial Masses at a parish?

The Catholic Cemeteries monthly memorial Mass is celebrated in Holy Angels Mausoleum at Resurrection Cemetery for all those interred the previous month in all five Catholic Cemeteries. In addition, this Mass commemorates the one-year anniversary of those previously interred. All are invited and welcome to attend.

Memorial Masses at a parish have a connection to the parish family and are not cemetery specific. As such, the same loved one can be prayed for at multiple parishes and memorial Masses can be offered on a frequent basis.

I am a Catholic but my spouse is not. Can he or she be buried in a Catholic Cemetery?

Yes. We have many faiths interred in our Catholic Cemeteries by virtue of marriage or heritage.

A family member has been cremated. Can we bury the ashes in another grave?

No. We cannot add cremation remains to another grave. However, we encourage you to pre plan for two cremations burials in one place.