Eligibility & Arrangements

Catholic cemeteries are consecrated places intended for the interment of Catholics and members of their families. In fact, for Catholics, burial in a Catholic cemetery is a baptismal right; for others, it is a privilege. Relatives of Catholics who understand and accept the faith statement implicit in burial in a Catholic cemetery are eligible for burial. The cemetery superintendent has the authority to make this determination with the recommendation of a priest.

Interment Arrangements

For Catholics, burial in a Catholic cemetery is a baptismal right; for those who do not possess this right, it is a privilege. Catholic cemeteries are intended for the interment of Catholics, catechumens, and members of their families who have this right to Christian burial according to the rules of the Roman Catholic church. Questions concerning the burial of a family member of another religious tradition should first be referred to the cemetery authority. Burial arrangements are typically facilitated through the funeral home selected by the family. The right of interment certificate is the governing cemetery document. When an ownership certificate is not already held, it’s best if selections are made by the family at the cemetery.

When space on an existing lot is available, but a designation of interment form has not been filed with the cemetery, and the certificate-holder is deceased and has not specifically passed the certificate rights through a will, a legal order of succession is followed. The succession begins with the surviving spouse and the owner’s children; in the absence of both, then to the owner’s parents. If no parents are living, then the succession passes to the owner’s brothers and sisters equally, then to the owner’s closest next of kin. Further detail is found in the official cemetery Rules & Regulations.

An interment space is used for ground burial, crypt entombment or niche inurnment. When a family wishes to include cremated remains in a full ground burial or mausoleum crypt interment space, the number of available certificate rights in the particular space is determined by space availability, memorialization capability, and the discretion of cemetery management. It is expected that all Catholic committals in Catholic cemeteries will be celebrated by a priest, deacon, or pastoral minister from the parish of the deceased.

At the time of interment, management reserves the right to limit the number of floral tributes to two [2] pieces. Flowers must be delivered to the ground interment site prior to the movement of the deceased to the grave. Flowers are not permitted inside any mausoleum. Flowers placed on a grave at the time of burial will remain, at the discretion of management, up to 72 hours, but the cemetery cannot ensure that these items will remain in place.