catholic cemeteries

BEFORE THE CROSS | Proclaiming Christ in every situation

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson visited Garfield Place Apartments, the safe haven for chronically homeless individuals run by Peter and Paul Community Services that opened this fall. The archbishop celebrated Mass and then blessed the facility.

"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.

Until death do us part: Planning ahead for a loved one's funeral, burial

Planning in advance for a funeral and burial can be uncomfortable for some, but it can save on a lot of difficult decision-making in the long run.

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 reports 2,235 burials in FY 2012-13

The Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis buried 2,235 individuals during the fiscal year July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013.

RESURRECTION in Affton, with 302 acres, was founded in 1929. It had the most burials in the archdiocese with 877.

CALVARY in north St. Louis, with 477 acres, is one of the oldest cemeteries, dating from 1853. It had the second most burials with 703 last year.

SACRED HEART in Florissant dates to 1874 and has 14 acres. It had 201 burials last year.

Catholic Cemeteries offers grave decoration removals

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.)

Catholic Cemeteries to open Divine Mercy Mausoleum

Rendering of Divine Mercy image, courtesy of D & J Glass and Sign.

A new mausoleum at Resurrection Cemetery in Affton is being described as a "peaceful garden."

Work on the Divine Mercy Mausoleum started last May, and work is expected to be completed in time for the Christmas season, according to Tom Kuehner, Catholic Cemeteries superintendent and foreman.

Catholic Cemeteries offers card as a special remembrance

Marilyn Kramer, a cemetery counselor at Resurrection Cemetery, helped create a special memorial card to reach out to families who have lost a baby. The card includes a place where the family can record the details of where their child is buried.

When Marilyn Kramer was hired as cemetery counselor at Resurrection Cemetery a year ago, she became one of the first faces families encountered.

Some of those families were there to make arrangements to bury an infant. And those were the stories that especially broke her heart.

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