The Catholic Cemetery
Conscious of profound religious significance, the Church has shown keen interest and concern throughout the centuries for the care of the deceased. The event of death is surrounded by deep Catholic faith, tradition and reverence for the burial and the burial places of those who hope to rise in Christ.
Catholic cemeteries, established and cared for by the Church from its beginning, often at considerable sacrifice, are not primarily a matter of economics, or even of public service, but the fulfillment of a religious act.
The bodies of the faithful, once temples of the Holy Spirit, washed, anointed and nourished by the Saving Action of Christ, remain sacred, to be treated even in death with reverence and religious care.
The Catholic cemetery is not simply a repository for the dead, so that we might look backward, but in a very real sense, pulpits to the truth we live by and altars to eternity where our prayers go forth: for some, that they may be speeded to heaven; to others, that they may intercede for us and direct us along the same paths.
Through the Catholic cemetery, a Christian, in death, continues to give “witness” to the world, of his belief in the resurrection of the body and eternal life.