Visitation hours are daily from dawn to dusk.
What is a Columbarium?
A Columbarium is a structure composed of small enclosed niches for the internment of urns containing the ashes of our deceased parishioners.
What is the Church's teaching on cremation?
The Catholic Church permits the cremation of the deceased, with the understanding that this practice is now undertaken, not from any disbelief in the resurrection of the body, but on account of financial or other pastoral considerations. It is nevertheless preferred that the body of the deceased be present at the funeral Mass, and that cremation take place afterwards. The Order of Christian Funerals’ Appendix on Cremation states: “Although cremation is now permitted by the Church, it does not enjoy the same value as burial of the body. The Church clearly prefers and urges that the body of the deceased be present for the funeral rites, since the presence of the human body better expresses the values which the Church affirms in those rites” (no. 413). It continues, "The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they come. This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried, and the care and attention to appropriate placement and transport, and the final disposition. The cremated remains should be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium. The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains on the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires" (no. 417).
How do I purchase a niche in the parish Columbarium?
Please contact Lisa Torretti regarding the purchase of niches and the engraving of doorplates.
What will happen to the Columbarium when the parish moves?
The remains of our departed brothers and sisters will of course be transferred to our new campus; there they will be re-interred with dignity in a beautiful, quiet, and prayerful place, accessible to visitors. Our current plan is to move the Columbarium (it was specifically designed to be mobile) to the new location, incorporate it into the new campus design and ensure it has an appropriate and reverent location. There could be changes as we want to ensure we have a consistent architectural theme on the campus. With a growing parish, we would also expect that it will have room to grow. Current reservations would of course be respected and would have first rights to space in any expanded columbarium if there was a desire for adjusting personal location.