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St. Mary Cemetery

Why Burial in a Catholic Cemetery

The Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church defines only two places as being sacred: the Church Building where Jesus resides in the tabernacle, and the Catholic Cemetery which is an expression of faith and extension of the parish community.

Ever since the sacred body of Jesus Christ was reverently laid in a tomb, the Catholic Church has respected the profound goodness and loving mercy derived from the internment of the deceased. The Catholic Church has always taught that burial of the deceased is a Corporal Work of Mercy, seeing it necessary to dedicate solemnly, consecrated ground for this holy purpose. Catholic Cemeteries serve this purpose of burying the faithful departed to bear witness to Christ and to await the resurrection of the body into life everlasting. 

The area or land that a Catholic Cemetery rests on is considered "Holy Ground." This land has been blessed by the bishop, and the deceased are interred or entombed in a holy and spiritual environment. Loved ones and family members are encouraged to come and pray for the souls of the deceased, knowing that they too will be together with them, one day, in the presence of Almighty God. Once the deceased is laid to rest, one can have the reassurance and knowledge that their loved one is truly blessed from this sanctifying gift. Being buried in a Catholic Cemetery is truly a Holy Privilege.

Why Own a Pre-Need Plot In St. Mary Cemetery?

Many Catholics purchase their plot in advance for estate planning purposes and their family's peace of mind. Today, over half the purchases of burial space made in Catholic Cemeteries are made in advance of death (pre-need). This shows both a sense of thoughtful planning and a sense of economic prudence. The decisions made now will be your own which gives you peace of mind now, and your loved ones peace of mind later. A pre-need burial selection may be made today, calmly, responsibly, economically and prudently. 

Our staff is here to assist you in locating a suitable plot at a convenient time. To schedule an appointment please contact the St. Mary Rectory Offices at 860-742-0681, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Purchasing/Utilizing a Burial Plot

If you would like to purchase a plot in the St. Mary Cemetery, please contact the St. Mary Parish Secretary, Eileen Rivers, at 860-742-0681.

If you have already purchased a burial plot and need to have it opened for a burial, please contact the St. Mary Parish Secretary, Eileen Rivers, at 860-742-0681.

Respect for the Cremated Remains of a Body

416 The Catholic Church commends its deceased members to the mercy of God by means of its funeral rites. It likewise asks that the Christian faithful continue to offer prayer for deceased family members and friends. The annual celebration of All Souls Day, the commemoration of all the faithful departed on November 2, attests to this salutary practice. Masses celebrated for the deceased on the anniversaries of death or at other significant times continue the Church's prayer and remembrance. For Catholic Christians, cemeteries, especially Catholic cemeteries, call to mind the resurrection of the dead. In addition, they are the focus for the Church's remembering of the dead and offering of prayer for them.

417 The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they come. This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried, the care and attention to appropriate placement and transport, and the final disposition. The cremated remains should be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium. The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires. Whenever possible, appropriate means for recording with dignity the memory of the deceased should be adopted, such as a plaque or stone which records the name of the deceased.

Liturgical Norms on Cremation, Congregation for Divine Worship