Why choose a Catholic Cemetery?
Just as conception and growth are a part of our pilgrimage, so is death. On life’s journey, the Church is present to support and nurture the members of the faith community. Therefore, it is only fitting that the Church is present at the time of death and grief.
Catholic cemeteries are a constant reminder that death is just a part of the journey that leads to new life. Catholic cemeteries are sacred places that strive to create a religious environment conducive of prayer, reflection and remembrance. Our cemeteries encourage prayerful visitation through the use of statuary, landscaping, architecture and Christian symbolism throughout buildings and by memorialization
By choosing a Catholic Cemetery, one selects a final resting place that reflects the beliefs and values from life’s personal journey. It is a resting place that is sacred and shared with all fellow pilgrims awaiting the resurrection of the dead and the promise of everlasting life.
What is the cemetery’s intended use?
Catholic Cemeteries are intended for the interment of Catholics and members of their families who have the right to Christian burial. According to the rules of discipline of the Roman Catholic Church. The Church is called upon, however, to extend charity, compassion and understanding to the extended families of its membership.
The cemetery’s management is committed that Catholic Cemeteries are well maintained and image the Church’s respect for the dignity of each individual human person.
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.
The Mission Statement for Catholic Cemeteries amplifies this commitment. Structures are in place within the Rules and Regulations to enable Pastors and Pastoral Administrators to work closely with the Catholic Cemeteries to ensure that the requirements of these families and individuals are met.
What is a disinterment or removal?
Disinterment or removal of the dead from their graves, crypts or niches should only be done for the most serious of reasons. Cemetery personnel will exercise great care and respect in conducting such removals. A full treatment of the restrictions and required protocols is contained within the Rules and Regulations for Catholic Cemeteries.
Who owns the lot?
The possession of a Certificate of Interment Rights (sometimes referred to as Deed) by anyone other than the original purchaser does not guarantee ownership of or the right to use grave/crypt/niche. Upon the death of the purchaser, the ownership of the lot is governed by Section 8 of the Religious Corporations Law.
An affidavit may be used to authorize burials or designate burial space by the owner or the survivors (family representatives). Please reach out to a cemetery representative for the proper affidavit form should you wish to place a burial designation on file.
Who is entitled to a Veteran’s Marker?
The cemetery permits only one memorial on a lot. If the family opts to use a veteran’s memorial that meets the cemetery’s regulations for a particular burial location, we suggest you contact the cemetery office to complete our required authorizations and necessary paperwork. The VA provides markers at no charge, yet there are cemetery fees for foundation work and marker installation. Please call the cemetery office for more information and current installation charges.
I lost my certificate, can I get another one?
The cemetery does issue duplicate copies of Certificates of Interment Rights. Only one certificate can exist or be recognized. The cemetery can provide an Application for a Duplicate Certificate of Burial. Please call the cemetery office for eligibility rules and fees.