A message from our Cardinal.
Many Catholics are unaware that the Church has accepted cremation since 1963. Since that time, the practice has increased in many countries for a number of reasons. Unfortunately, with this increase comes practices that require clarification.
Following the most ancient Christian tradition, the Church asks that the faithful, in preparing their funeral and burial arrangements, ensure that the bodies of Catholics are buried in cemeteries or other sacred places.
When, for legitimate reasons, cremation has been chosen, the ashes of the faithful must be laid to rest in a sacred place, that is, in a cemetery or, in certain cases, in a church or an area set aside for this purpose, and so dedicated by the bishop.
According to Church teaching, scattering cremated remains on the sea, in the air, on the ground, or keeping them in the homes of relatives does not display appropriate reverence.
There is a spiritual and emotional benefit for placing cremated remains in a proper place of burial. It gives the bereaved and the Church community a place to focus remembrance and pray for the deceased. Such a place will make it easier to memorialize those that have been called home to God.
– His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins.
Cremation Burial Options
Many of our cemeteries feature free standing columbaria thoughtfully located in areas that allow for prayer and reflection. Columbaria are granite structures with niches where urns with cremated remains may be placed. A bronze plaque and a memorial photo ceramic is attached to the niche to memorialize a loved one.
Cremation Niches in Mausolea
Indoor niches are available in all of our mausoleums. Marble, granite, as well as glass front niches are available in either single or double spaces.
Cremation Graves and Family Plots
Another option for those choosing cremation is ground burial of the cremated remains in a cremation grave or a family lot.
Catholic Cemeteries & Funeral Services offers an extensive selection of cremation urns at all of our cemetery offices. We offer the finest selection of urns in a variety of unique colors, materials and designs. Cultured marble, cast bronze, artisan metal or wood are samples of the types of urns that are available. Both single and companion urns are available.