January 18, 2024
The Catholic teaching for cremated remains is that the remains should be treated the same as a full body burial. The pious burying of the dead is considered one of the corporal works of mercy, mirroring the burial of Christ and expressing hope in the resurrection when a person’s body and soul will be reunited. When the urn is placed in the ground or a structure, the final resting place is marked with the person’s name, the same name by which the person has been called by God. The name is important because God created each person, and calls each individual to himself. Moreover, placing the urn in a sacred place expresses belief in the community of saints.
Steve Ziebell, Sexton