Q. 1. What is the purpose of Catholic Cemeteries?
A. 1. Catholic Cemeteries serve three purposes:
Its first purpose is to serve the members of the Catholic Church and their families.
Secondly, it is to carry out the religious function of the burial of the dead.
Finally, it is to care for the resting places of the faithful departed.
Catholic Cemeteries consist of parcels of land that have been set aside for use by Catholics. The ground has been consecrated (blessed) by the Bishop of the Diocese. The specific purpose of this land is to provide Christians with a dignified and holy resting place. The sacred nature of Cemeteries is directly related to the Church's belief in the resurrection of the body. Catholic Cemeteries serve as reminders that we must all one day pass from this earthly life to a better one, because the Church teaches that death is not an end, but a beginning to eternal life.
While Catholic Cemeteries are intended for the burial of Catholics, it permits the burial of non-Catholic spouses and other family members. This is especially appropriate where the non-Catholic party worshipped regularly at the Catholic Church or identified with the Catholic Church more than any other.
To be buried in a Catholic Cemetery is a clear devout affirmation of one's faith and a witness to the Resurrection.