The Church and Cremation
The Christian faithful are confronted with the mystery of life and death in the presence of the body of one who has died. Moreover, the body which lies in death naturally recalls the personal story of faith, the loving family bonds, the friendships, and the words and acts of the deceased person. The body of a deceased Catholic Christian is also the body once washed in Baptism, anointed with the oil of salvation, and fed with the Bread of Life. Thus, the Church’s reverence for the sacredness of the human body grows out of a reverence and concern both natural and supernatural for the human person.
While cremation is now permitted by the Church, it is our recommendation that cremation, when chosen, take place after the funeral rites, so that our acts of prayer and worship in grief may take place in the presence of the body as one final act of love and respect for the deceased. When it is not possible to delay cremation until after the funeral rites are celebrated, the cremated remains of the deceased may be brought to the Church for the funeral Mass provided there is an appropriate plan for their internment. The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they came. This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the remains and a respectful manner of interment; cremated remains should never be scattered or kept in a private residence.
Burying the Ashes of those Cremated
Do you have ashes of cremated family members at home and are in need of an economical way to lay them to perpetual rest? Do you wish to bury your family in sacred ground? The Ministry of the 14th Station: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb provides the opportunity to bury the ashes of your family in sacred ground. The cost of the burial is $350 per deceased. For greater details, contact the Office of Cemetery Management at 410-547-5375 or Father Patrick Carrion (email@example.com).