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Cemetery Orientation Workshop

Thursday, September 5, 2013

For pastors, cemetery managers, cemetery staff

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The office of Diocese of Lansing Catholic Cemeteries was created in 1998 to coordinate the management of diocesan cemeteries and provide consultative services to parishes with cemeteries.

The Diocese of Lansing Catholic Cemeteries minister to:

  • the deceased
  • the bereaved
  • the poor
  • the local Catholic communities

The five Diocesan Catholic Cemeteries of St. Joseph Cemetery (Lansing, Michigan), St. Patrick Cemetery (Woodhill Township, Michigan), Old and New Calvary Cemeteries (Flint, Michigan) and St. Michael Byzantine Cemetery (Flint) are committed to our Catholic families who entrust us with the care of their deceased loved ones in accord with its sacred character.

The service rendered by the cemetery staff is not limited to the day of burial.  The cemetery staff will be available to assist family, friends and relatives long after the day of burial.

Our endowed care cemeteries have a range of burial services including ground, mausoleum crypt, as well as cremation niches and urn gardens.


Our Ministry

All Catholic cemeteries have developed through the years an identity that distinguishes them amid the myriad of cemeteries. It is the “Catholicity” of the Diocese of Lansing Catholic Cemeteries which sets them apart from secular cemeteries.

Catholic cemeteries reflect two core truths of the Catholic Church -namely, the resurrection o the body and the communion of saints – uniting the living and the dead.  The Diocese of Lansing Catholic Cemeteries are a sign to all that even in death we Catholics believe in life.

Catholic cemeteries are a place for the living, a place for grieving, a place to remember, to reflect and to pray.  Our ministry witnesses common faith, our communal hope through liturgy, providing opportunities for prayer, comfort and assistance. Cemeteries evangelize by challenging secular tendencies to de-emphasize death through immediate disposition, without mourning or prayer.  Catholic cemeteries instruct by passively teaching Catholic belief in the resurrection through the witness of the lives of those who have gone before us.  “Here they lie those who wait”.


Liturgy

The Eucharistic celebration has always been the central and most powerful prayer of the Church. The Diocese of Lansing Catholic Cemeteries offer opportunities to participate and assist in this prayer for those who are buried in the diocesan cemeteries:

  • in the cemetery
  • in parishes

Prayer

As Catholics, we pray for the dead and the departed also pray for us. Prayer makes their intercession for us effective. The form of these prayers may be a spontaneous thought, a formal prayer at the grave site or a remembrance during Mass.  Mass is offered several times a year for all who are buried in our diocesan cemeteries.


Comfort

The Catholic cemetery spans the present and the yet to come, compelling all who pass through it, or by it, to reflect on their own passage and the immeasurable gift of eternal life given to all. A biannual newsletter, St. Callistus Herald, announces cemetery programs and activities to those in the midst of the grieving process.

A cemetery reunites families, allows memories to be remain tangible and is a sustaining source of comfort to the living. A Catholic cemetery is a sanctuary of peace and quiet and exists because every life is worth loving and remembering -always.


Evangelization

Funeral customs, like every facet of human life change.  Catholic cemeteries continue helping people above and beyond the physical preparation of the grave. If human life is to be respected in life, then it must be respected in death.

The service of a Catholic cemeterian continues in the maintenance of the burial place, comforting and helping visitors experience the “ties of friendship and affection which knit us a one throughout our lives do not unravel with death”. (Order of Christian Funerals # 71)


Instruction

The art and symbols of our faith etched on memorials are instructional aids beaming a powerful testimony to the Christian belief after death.  A Catholic cemetery is a place to examine the reasons for religious beliefs and to challenge our spirituality.  It is also a place to reflect on our own mortality.

None of this is to demean other cemeteries, which provide good service and are maintained by dedicated staffs.  However, for the Catholic faithful, it is logical to choose a diocesan or parish cemetery with its unique and totally Christian outlook, as well as a place for prayer with opportunity for Mass, surrounded by visuals that remind us of Christ’s promise of eternal life.


Our Logo

The Diocese of Lansing Catholic Cemeteries logo consists of two images -the cross and eternal flame.

The Cross symbolizes faith and hope in the resurrection and  considered the perfect symbol of Christ’s sacrifice in Christianity.

The Flame is a Greek symbol for truth and eternal life.  A lit torch near a grave or grave place signifies perpetual memory. “The gift of God is eternal life” (Rom 6:23)

The logo’s blue field represents the Diocese of Lansing, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Mary is a model for Christians who wish to follow the words of Jesus, "Take up your cross each day and follow me."  Over the centuries her sorrows are remembered in various feasts such as Our Lady Of Sorrows (September 15) and depicted in great works of Christian art, such as the Pieta.
 


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Cemetery Contacts

New Calvary Cemetery

4142 Flushing Road

Flint, MI 48504

Phone: 810-732-2620
Fax: 810-732-6630

Karen Beamer – Manager
kbeamer@dioceseoflansing.org

Christy Groulx – Family Service Representative

St. Joseph Cemetery

2520 West Willow Street
Lansing, MI 48917

Phone: 517-484-2500
Fax: 517-484-2022

Joe Dionise, 517-342-2495
Vince Gale: 517-342-2471

Margaret Johnson – Family Service Representative
Raymond Krawczyk Jr. – Family Service Representative

All Saints Cemetery
Contact New Calvary Cemetery office

Old Calvary Cemetery
Contact New Calvary Cemetery office

St. Michael Byzantine Cemetery
Contact New Calvary Cemetery office

St. Patrick Cemetery
Contact St. Joseph Cemetery office

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