Catholic Cemeteries are stirring natural sanctuaries that house the temple of the body with the promise for everlasting life. They are a sanctuary for the living and an extension of our parishes. They are a place for prayer, reflection, hope and remembrance. The cemetery is a vital part of Catholic life, expressing our faith, reverence and respect for sacred burial on consecrated grounds. The cemetery represents the final “farewell” to the deceased in his final “commendation to God” by the Church. By gathering at the cemetery and placing the deceased in his final resting place, the family and friends celebrate the fact that life is everlasting and that they will be united once again in the kingdom of God. Within in the blessed grounds of a Catholic cemetery there are safeguards – mandated by the Church’s Canon Law – which guarantee permanence, reverence and respect for the remains of the deceased.
“The Christian who dies in Christ Jesus is away from the body and at home with the Lord. – 2 Corinthians 5:8”