"Catholic cemeteries are not final resting places," Msgr. Dennis Delaney says. "They are places that whisper hope."
That's a brilliant and poetic and faith-filled insight. It's capable of startling us out of our ordinary language and back into the realities of faith. It points us right to our faith in Jesus Christ, His resurrection, and our hope to follow Him -- exactly what Msgr. Delaney wants to do.
It also provides great insight into how Msgr. Delaney brings a pastor's heart into an administrative position -- something he has spent a lifetime doing.
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About 10 years ago, Bill Henderson contemplated where he and his wife, Gloria, should be buried after they die. He wanted to get the decision-making out of the way, but circumstances prompted him to put the decision on hold.
More recently, Henderson developed health issues, and the thoughts resurfaced.
Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis offers a decoration removal service at all of its locations.
Removals take place beginning the second Wednesday of the month and continuing the following day, Thursday, from February through November. Removals will begin at 7:30 a.m. There will be no removal period in December or January to allow more time for holiday memorials to remain at grave sites.
When a cemetery holiday falls in a pick-up week, the pick up will be postponed to the following week. (E.g. Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, etc.)