A Work of Mercy: Burying the Dead

On Saturday, October 21, 2017, 130 family members and friends joined together for a funeral Mass at Nativity Church, Saint Michael the Archangel Parish, in Franklinville. The Mass, celebrated by Rev. Lawrence Polansky, was followed by a group committal service and burial at All Saints Cemetery in Newfield.  Bell-Hennessy Funeral Home donated...

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TAKING TIME OUT TO BURY THE DEAD

In today’s fast-moving world, everything is focused on instant satisfaction — fast food, mobile banking, microwaves and instantaneous communication. Gone are the times when one would take the time to write a letter and post it knowing that it might take up to a week to be received by the...

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Funeral Mass and Committal Service For Cremated Remains | St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish & Resurrection Cemetery

More Catholics are choosing to be cremated, but many are unsure about the Church’s teachings on the handling of cremated remains. In order to help Catholic families and in support of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, South Jersey Catholic Cemeteries offered a gift, burial of cremated remains at no charge, to their...

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Respect for the Dead Extends to Cremated Remains

Recently I saw a news report regarding a local woman who came home from her grandmother’s funeral to find her home was broken into. Among the many treasures that she reported stolen was an urn that contained the cremated remains of her sister. The woman was quite distraught. With the...

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Is Cremation an Accepted Catholic Practice?

Yes, cremation is permitted by the Catholic Church.  “The Church earnestly recommends the pious custom of burying the bodies of the dead be observed.  It does not however, forbid cremation unless it has been chosen for reasons which are contrary to Christian teaching.” – (1983 Code of Canon Law)   As more...

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