The Catholic faith is rooted in the belief that God made us to enjoy eternal life with Him and that death is not the end of our existence. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter is the foretaste and promise of this immortal life.
We believe the body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. It is the repository of the soul that was washed in Baptism, anointed with the oil of salvation and nourished at the Eucharistic table. The human body is so inextricably associated with the human person that it is hard to think of a human person apart from his or her body. Catholic tradition insists that it be treated with respect, even in death.
We are a people who visit our cemeteries to be reminded of our history, our Catholic beliefs and practices, and our community in the various parishes of the Archdiocese of New York. We, as a community, profess our beliefs and value system… even in the silence of the grave.