Eligibility & Arrangements
Burial, entombment or inurnment in the blessed ground of a consecrated Catholic cemetery is integral to the Catholic funeral tradition as the Catholic cemetery images the communion of saints. By peaceful rest among other believers, in silence our beloved deceased still proclaim their belief in the resurrection and Christ’s promise of eternal life to those who follow Him. Those who request burial within a Catholic cemetery are making this profession of faith.
While the 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, we are also called upon to extend charity, compassion, and understanding to the extended families of our membership. Relatives of Catholics who understand and accept the faith statement being made by burial in a Catholic cemetery would typically be welcome to be interred with their Catholic family members. The cemetery superintendent or his/her delegate has the authority to make this determination with the recommendation of a priest.
Clergy, however, do not grant legal authority for interments on pre-owned or existing graves, i.e. the placement of cremated remains; the certificate-holder (owner) of the space, or if the original owner is deceased, all entitled heirs must grant this authorization in writing. The cemetery authority facilitates this consent process.
At the time of a death in a family, there are many obligations that fall upon survivors. By handling the selection of interment space in advance of need, the time surrounding a death may be more appropriately devoted to family members supporting one another and proper planning for the liturgical rites that will celebrate the deceased’s movement to eternal life.