Saint Paul's Catholic Cemetery
New Cemetery Sign in 2013
Parishioner: $300 per grave site which includes perpetual care.
Two cremains may be buried on one site for $400.
Non-Parishioner: $450 per grave site which includes perpetual care.
Two cremains may be buried on one site for $550.
All caskets must be enclosed in cement or stainless steel vaults.
The container for cremains must be of a permanent character and of unbreakable material.
Decorations not maintained or badly faded will be removed.
Summer decorations are to be removed by October 1st and
winter decorations by April 1st.
Live flowers must be planted in urns or flower pots and placed on the sides of the headstone.
The following decorations are not allowed:
trees, shrubs, grave blankets, freestanding statues, or glass.
Pre-planning Your Funeral
Why Preplan Your Funeral?Thinking about your own funeral leaves most people feeling a little uneasy, but more adults are finding that preplanning a funeral offers great emotional and even financial security for them and their families. With preplanning, families find comfort in knowing that the funeral reflects what their loved one wanted. It also gives them peace of mind to not have to make important decisions at a stressful time.
If you are considering prearranging a funeral, you should contact funeral homes in your community. A funeral director can walk you through the prearrangement process. The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) developed the Bill of Rights for Funeral Preplanning as a resource for understanding what to expect from a preneed contract.
Once you’ve made those prearrangements, keep a copy of the plan and any pertinent paperwork in a safe place. Also, inform a close friend or relative what arrangements have been made and where the information may be found.
If you choose, there are several ways to prepay for your funeral that can offer you financial benefits. However, prepaying is not required, but an option that many individuals find helpful.
If you feel prepaying is a wise decision, then be sure to go over all available options with your funeral director. Remember, like any contract, ask any and all questions you may have regarding your preneed plan before you sign an agreement.
Funeral Planning - Catholic Funerals
Planning a traditional Catholic funeral
A Catholic funeral, like all funerals, is a time of sadness and mourning. However, in the Catholic faith there's joy in the belief that a funeral represents the passing of the beloved into eternal life. The Catholic Church has many traditions concerning funerals and funeral preparation.
At Time of Death
At the time of death, the church parish may be contacted before a funeral home is called. Some Catholics will opt out of conventional funeral home services in favor of Roman Catholic services. You can be sure that the Roman Catholic Church will handle the funeral with utmost respect for the deceased and the grieving family. A priest and other church figures will minister to the grieving friends and family in whatever ways are needed.
Commonly asked questions about Catholic funerals:
Why do we celebrate the funeral rites?
In the funeral rites we pray for the deceased, entrusting them to God's mercy and care.We honor the body.We comfort the living in their grief.We celebrate the funeral rites not only for the dead but also for the living.
What rites can be used for a suicide victim?
This person is entrusted to God's love and mercy and is therefore entitled to the usual Funeral Rites.
What is done for a lapsed Catholic?
By virtue of Baptism this person is entitled to the prayers of the Church including the Funeral Rites.
What is the proper place for the Funeral Rites?
The Vigil service is celebrated in the presence of the body either in the funeral home or our Parish Church the night before.The Funeral Mass is always celebrated in the Church.The Committal Rite is preferably celebrated at the grave.
Why do we recommend viewing in the Church before the funeral?
Gathering at the Church before the Funeral Mass begins allows family and friends a time to console one another, to say final goodbyes, and to enter into the spirit of prayer. The Vigil
The Catholic vigil is a prayer service, usually held the evening before the funeral. The community of friends and family will gather for a service at the funeral home or the church. The vigil includes prayer for both the deceased and the grieving family. Also, a eulogy may be read at the vigil instead of at the funeral service.
The Catholic Funeral Liturgy
Where can I find the text for the prayers of the funeral service?
The Order of Christian Funerals is the text of all Catholic funeral rites approved for use in the United States of America.It has been in mandatory use in all Latin rite Catholic parishes of the United States since All Souls Day, Nov. 2, 1989.During the Funeral Liturgy Planning Session, Deacon Bob loans the funeral text to the family of the deceased loved one so that the family may choose its Scripture proclamations for the upcoming liturgies.
The core of the Catholic funeral celebration will likely consist of several elements. The Eucharist is almost always performed. This is the ceremony at the center of the Catholic faith - the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Prayer also plays a prominent role in the Catholic funeral service, along with songs, hymns and a brief message. However, almost any aspect of the service can be left out, if it is the wish of the family.
Rite of Committal
What is the Rite of Committal?
The Rite of Committal is the third station of the Catholic funeral liturgy, after the Vigil (usually the day or night before the funeral) and the Funeral Mass 9of Funeral Liturgy outside Mass).It is normally celebrated at the site of burial.
Why is the grave the preferred site for the Rite of Committal?
The grave is preferred because the prayers from the ritual express clearly the loving closure of placing the body or cremains in the ground.In the Catholic faith, there is a great respect for the body. Catholics believe that the body is ‘the temple of the Lord' and that at the End of Days, there will be a resurrection of the body.
Is cremation permitted by the Catholic Church?
Since 1963, the Church has permitted cremation as long as the Church's teaching on the resurrection of the body is upheld.
How are the rites celebrated for someone who chooses cremation?
The Church prefers that the body be present for the Funeral Liturgy and cremated following the Final Commendation of the Liturgy.If there is a serious reason, it may be possible to celebrate the Funeral Liturgy in the presence of cremated remains.
Code of Canon Law (1176. 3) now reads, “The Church earnestly recommends that the pious custom of burial be retained; but it does not forbid cremation, unless this is chosen for reasons which are contrary to Christian teaching.”
If there is a cremation, it will almost always take place after the funeral service.
Order of Christian Funerals
THE ORDER OF CHRISTIAN FUNERALS has three principal parts:
the Vigil for the Deceased; the Funeral Mass or the Funeral Liturgy outside Mass;
and the Rite of committal.
VIGIL FOR THE DECEASED
Greeting; Opening Song; Invitation to Prayer; Opening Prayer
LITURGY OF THE WORD
Scripture Readings with Responsorial Psalm; Homily
Family members and friends may eulogize and share stories and remembrances of the
deceased loved one.
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
PRAYERS OF GRATEFULNESS AND STRENGTH
The Lord's Prayer; Concluding Prayer (A family member or friend may speak in remembrance
Blessing; Song and/or a few minutes of silent prayer
Greeting & Sprinkling with Holy Water; Placing of the Pall ( and Christian Symbols);
Entrance Procession;Song; Opening Prayer
LITURGY OF THE WORD
Scripture Readings with Responsorial Psalm and Gospel Acclamation; Homily;
LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST
Preparation of the Altar and the Gifts; Eucharistic Prayer; Communion Rite
Invitation to Prayer; Song of Farewell and Incense if desired; Prayer of Commendation
RITE OF COMMITTAL
Invitation; Scripture Verse; Prayer over the Place of Committal; Committal; Intercessions;
The Lord's Prayer
Prayer over the People