In life, from the earliest biblical times, the People of God have honored the human body as a temple of the Holy Spirit and as a witness to the sacramental presence of God. In death, today, both the body of the deceased Christian, or its cremated remains, are given due respect in the revised Order of Christian Funerals in the Catholic tradition. In union with the whole Church, Catholic bereaved bring their deceased loved ones to their final place of rest in a spirit of loving care.
Our time here on planet Earth is fleeting yet filled with the experiences both joyful and poignant. As our loved ones go before us into the next life, let us rejoice in the moments we have shared with them. St. Paul’s Columbarium and Memorial Garden is designed to be a place of both comfort and remembrance that you can visit often. We now have the opportunity to keep our departed loved ones not only close in our hearts, but within the Catholic community in which we worship.
The church has traditionally been the natural repository and final resting place of the deceased members of the Christian community. Burial inside the church was once reserved to honor noteworthy clerics, nobles, and citizens. If land was available, the church grounds often contained a cemetery for the parish members.
In May 1963, the Vatican’s Holy Office lifted the prohibition forbidding Catholics to choose cremation. This permission was incorporated into the revised Code of Canon Law in 1983 (Canon #1176), as well as, into the Order of Christian Funerals.
We would like the opportunity to provide you with more information, so you will be able to make an informed, loving, and Christian decision regarding a final resting place for you and your loved ones. For more information, contact the parish office at 336.294.4696.