When we are baptized, we are brought to a sacred place, a Catholic church, and baptized into the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection – thus giving us the promise of eternal life.
When one of our loved ones die, we take them to another sacred place, a Catholic cemetery, for burial in sacred ground while they await the resurrection of the dead and the promise of eternal life.
Since death is a natural part of life, it is only fitting that the Catholic Church be present at the time of death. In the Preface of the Funeral Mass the words ‘…for your faithful people O Lord, life has changed not ended’ are prayed.
Death as seen through the eyes of a Christian is not the end, it is simply a natural passageway to a changed life with God. Burial in a Catholic cemetery is a statement of continued belief in that everlasting life, even in death. Cemeteries hold the earthly remains of our family members and friends who have shared their love, fellowship and faith with us. Although a grave in a cemetery evokes sadness, a grave in a Catholic cemetery is also a sign of hope in God and His promise of everlasting life.
Cemetery lots and Columbarium niches (for cremains) are available in our St. Michael Cemetery. Lots may be purchased in the current available section of the cemetery by registered parishioners and their family members. Parishioners are considered those persons registered in the parish office, who are envelope holders for at least one year and have been active in a parish function or committee.
- The Committee will review, update and administer the Rules and Regulations of St Michaels Cemetery.
- The Committee will perform a periodic review of the fee structure and make recommendations to the Pastor.
- The Committee will study social, economic, and cultural trends and revise policies as appropriate.
- The Committee will benchmark all aspects of St Michaels Cemetery with other Cemeteries both Diocesan and Private.
- Provide a park-like setting in which people have their final resting place and also provide an environment to pursue appropriate Parish activities. (Mass Mount Calvary, Grottos Visitation, processions, ……)
- Any plan for expansion of the footprint of the Cemetery must be presented to the Pastor, who will in turn present it to the Financial Council for review and to the Pastoral Council for review and approval.
Mission Statement of Cemetery Committee:
St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery is a witness of faith in our church community as we minister to the needs of those who come to us. It includes ongoing formation for all cemetery personnel with regard to the ministry to which we are called and the tenets of the Catholic faith.
As a manifestation of respect and affection, which our community bestows upon those who are buried here, it is intended that our cemetery be a perpetual area of quiet beauty and serenity to beckon the living as well as to provide repose for the dead. Our heritage is enriched by the lives and deeds of the men and women who have preceded us. It is our goal, as part of the remembrance of them, to maintain accurate records of those whose earthly remains have been entrusted to us.