Narthex

Order for Visiting a Cemetery

This order is a solemn commemoration of the departed whose bodies lie in a cemetery. It may be used on All Souls Day, Memorial Day, on the anniversary of the death or burial of a particular deceased person, or when a gravestone or cemetery monument is erected. The service may also be adopted for use by individuals when they visit the grave of a relative or friend.

Bulletin Insert #1 (sunset)

This 8.5″ x 11″ flyer can be edited with specific details (when, where, time) informing your parishioners of upcoming presentations discussing proper Catholic burial information. Can be placed within each church bulletin or made available in the narthex.

Bulletin Insert #2 (blue)

This 8.5″ x 11″ flyer can be edited with specific details (when, where, time) informing your parishioners of upcoming presentations discussing proper Catholic burial information. Can be placed within each church bulletin or made available in the narthex.

Anne’s Cemetery Reflections

Share with your parishioners this inspiring reflection from one person’s perspective that will touch their hearts and instill a passion for their outlook of a Catholic cemetery.

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Sacrament of the Sick

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Hospice Care, End of Life Issues, and Advance Directives

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Understanding Catholic Funerals – The Vigil, The Church Service, The Committal, Cremation

As Catholics, we fulfill our obligations to the deceased, with whom we remain connected, by lovingly following the rituals of the Church associated with death. In doing so, we proclaim… Read More

Practical Preparation – Details to Address: Your Will, Social Security, Veterans Affairs

All persons over 18 years of age should have a will. You should make a will as soon as possible because no one can plan for a sudden illness or… Read More

Considering Cremation

A must-read for those “considering cremation” purely based on cost and/or a lack of understanding of Catholic guidelines.