A New Catholic Cemetery will Provide Peace and Perpetual Rest
The Diocese of St. Petersburg is opening a new Catholic cemetery later this year in Hillsborough County that is easily accessible throughout West Central Florida. Even though Resurrection Catholic Cemetery will serve people of all faith backgrounds, Catholic identity will be a prominent feature of the grounds, which upon completion will be blessed by Bishop Gregory Parkes and considered sacred for all time.
Resurrection Catholic Cemetery is located on a 120-acre nature preserve in Seffner and will exclusively provide above-ground arrangements, the only cemetery of its kind in Florida. Tours of the cemetery grounds, including the mausoleum, are currently available for those interested in learning more. Cemetery staff are available to answer questions and provide a brochure on “Planning Your Cemetery Arrangements.” To learn more, call 813-961-8400, email Terry Young via terry@resurrectioncemeteryfl or visit https://resurrectioncemeteryfl.com.
Into your hands O Lord, we commend the souls of our recently departed. May their souls and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Why should I choose to be buried in a Catholic Cemetery?
For a Catholic, burial in a Catholic cemetery is a final act of faith, to one’s belief in the resurrection of the body and everlasting life. The Catholic cemetery is a sacred place set aside by the Church for the burial of the faithful. The bodies of those buried there rest under the watchful eye of the local Bishop until the last day. The Catholic cemetery is an extension of the parish community where those who have worshipped together in life now rest together in peace, awaiting Christ’s return in glory. Though the character and charism of a Catholic cemetery is different from that of commercial and municipal cemeteries, Catholics buried in non-Catholic cemeteries lie in ground, crypt or niche that was made sacred during the Rite of Committal.
Does the Church allow cremation of the body?
Catholics may choose cremation, provided it in no way expresses a denial of the Catholic teaching of the dignity of the body, created by Almighty God to be a temple of the Holy Spirit and destined to share fully in the resurrection of the just on the Last Day.
What is the proper method for final disposition of the cremated remains?
Catholics are strongly urged to be buried or entombed in a Catholic cemetery or the Catholic section of a non-Catholic cemetery.
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