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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can I talk to about my burial questions and concerns?
The Family Service Specialists of The Catholic Cemeteries are highly trained to assist you in making the proper selection from the many burial options that are available to you, and to answer all of your questions.
You may also review our Pre-Planning page for more information.
What does the Catholic Church say about Cremation?
While the Church permits cremation, the Church clearly prefers and urges that the body of the deceased be present for the funeral rites, namely for the vigil and the funeral liturgy. The “Order of Christian Burial” contains provisions for the cremation of the body after the final commendation that concludes the funeral liturgy.
When it is not possible for the body to be present for the funeral liturgy, the Church now permits the cremated remains of the body to be present for the vigil, the funeral liturgy, and the committal rite. The parish church is the preferred place for the celebration of these rites. New prayer texts have been approved for use when the cremated remains of the body are present for the rites.
The cremated remains of the body are to be treated and handled with the same respect and dignity given to the corporeal remains of the body. This includes final disposition. If cremation is chosen as the means of final disposition, the remains are to be buried in the ground of a communal cemetery, preferably a Catholic cemetery, or entombed in a communal or private mausoleum or columbarium. Therefore, the cultural practices of scattering cremated remains, keeping them at home, or interring them at the lake cabin are not considered reverent or appropriate ways of disposition from the standpoint of the Church.
Whenever possible, appropriate memorialization of the deceased should be utilized at the place of burial.
What does the Catholic Church say about Natural or Green Burial?
To learn more, visit our Natural Burial page.
What are cemetery costs?
Costs vary by product, by cemetery, and by location within that cemetery. Family Service Specialists will educate you on your options and costs. To learn more, visit our price list page.
Will the cemetery be kept up even after it is full and generates no more revenue?
A percentage of the cost of each grave, crypt, or niche goes into a Permanent Care Fund which insures that your cemetery will be maintained.
Do I have to pay for cemetery property in full now?
No. The Catholic Cemeteries offers convenient payment plans designed to fit your means, some with no interest. If you pay in full, you will receive an extra 5% off your property purchase. This discount applies to pre-need purchases only. Major credit cards are also accepted.
Is genealogy information also available?
We are able to provide limited information based on burials and lot owners regarding individuals who are buried in our cemeteries. Other resources would be the MN History Center, Find a Grave, or the Archdiocesan Archives: Office of Archives and Records Management, 777 Forest Street, St. Paul, MN 55106 | email@example.com | (651) 291-4542
How can I find out the location of a grave where someone is buried?
Fill out our online Burial Location Request Form and we will send the cemetery map with the grave location to you electronically or by mail if requested.
How do I get added to the mailing list for wreaths and flowers?
To subscribe to our Seasonal Tributes mailing list, please visit our Traditional Memorials Page.
What kind of decorations are allowed at the gravesites?
Fresh cut flowers are only permitted during the mowing season. When the flowers become wilted the cemetery grounds crew will pick them up. Spring clean up of all wreaths and decorations placed for the winter will begin in March, as weather allows. The Natural Burial section, the Gate of Heaven Preserve (our natural burial section) is maintained as a native MN prairie. No flowers or decorations are allowed on the gravesite past the interment. For more information, visit this page.
How To Find and Uncover A Marker
Individuals visiting our cemeteries may find themselves looking for a marker that has sunken over time, or has become overgrown with grass. This video is a tutorial on how to locate and uncover such markers. We hope you find it helpful.
On Passing a Graveyard
Prayer for Presence
Mother’s Day Prayers
Memorial Day Prayers
Welcome to this Sacred Place
Prayers for a Child Who Has Died
Father’s Day Prayers
SPECIAL OFFER: FREE MEDITATION SUBSCRIPTION
The Catholic Cemeteries is initiating a free subscription with the Center for Loss and Life Transition. You are invited to sign up for these gentle, thoughtful and powerful meditations which are sent to you every day. They are a supportive way to assist in integrating grief into your life and honoring your need to mourn. An email will be sent directly to your inbox. This service is free and you may opt out at any time and your email will not be sold or shared or used in any other way. Just click on the link below, submit your name and email and then you will receive a brief reflection shortly thereafter.
Archdiocesan Genealogical Research
The archives of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis maintain microfilm copies of baptism, marriage, and death records for most parishes in Minnesota.
Catholic Burial Traditions
Catholic Burial Traditions has written, video, audio and other resources that can be used by individuals and/or parishes staff for formation purposes, to learn more about Catholic burial. Registration is free.
Center for Loss & Life Transition: Grief is Not a Disorder
In this article by Alan D. Wolfelt, he discusses his position on the new “prolonged grief disorder” diagnostic category in the DSM, where he speaks about how grief is normal and necessary. He says that because love doesn’t end, neither does grief and how it can continue well beyond a year. It takes on different expressions and affects us differently.
Christian symbols are an important part of memorialization at The Catholic Cemeteries. Here is a list of common Christian symbols and their meaning.
Green Burial Council
Certification was obtained for the Gate of Heaven Preserve, the natural burial section at Resurrection Cemetery in 2020.
GRIEVING ALONE & TOGETHER
The Covid-19 Pandemic has changed every aspect of our lives, including how we grieve the loss of a loved one. In this free e-book produced by Funeral Service Foundation and written by Sara Murphy, she covers how we face traumatic and ambiguous loss, how grief affects children, separation from a loved one at time of death, planning funerals and memorial services and finally, supporting your health while grieving.
Shared with permission by Sara Murphy, PhD, CT
Handling the Holidays
Handling the Holidays is a wonderful resource from Darcie D. Sims of Grief Inc.
ICCFA: Educational Foundation
The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association provides a wealth of resources, including Speaking Grief. This documentary focuses upon people, not actors, sharing their grief experience and heartfelt, simple guidance for those loved ones who support them.
MN Funeral Planning: Resource Guide
The MN Funeral Planning: Resource Guide lists helpful, local resources, including The Catholic Cemeteries.