Frequently Asked Questions

A selection of popular topics that can help answer questions and get all the answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding Catholic Church’s teaching on cremation; processes in columbarium, and much, much more.

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A vault can accommodate up to four (4 regular size urns or urns with measurements up to 6“ width x 9“ height.

Vault size is 9.5“ height x 13“ width x 18“ depth and could accommodate up to four (4) regular size urns.

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Sorry, we don’t offer cremation service.

Sorry, we don’t offer funeral service.

Cremation using fire and heat is the process by which the body of the deceased is reduced to its basic elements, in the form of gases or bone fragments. The “ashes” or the remains of the body after the process of cremation are actually the bone fragments that have been reduced to a fine sand-like texture and color that may be scattered or inurned without the need for any other foreign elements.

Cremation may serve as a funeral or post-funeral rite that is an alternative to the interment of an intact body in a casket. Cremated remains are not a health risk. They may be buried or inurned in memorial sites or columbariums.

A columbarium is a place for the respectful and usually public storage of cinerary urns (i.e. urns holding a deceased’s cremated remains). The term comes from the Latin columba which means dove.

Some people prefer cremation for personal reasons. Some are not attracted to traditional burial or would want to simplify their funeral process, which cremation allows them to do. Many also prefer cremation because it allows for more efficient use of space rather than traditional burial plots allocated for use in the cemetery. Cremation might also be preferable for environmental reasons. Traditional burial is a known source of certain environmental contaminants, with the coffin itself being the major contaminant.

Cremation is permitted for Catholics as long as it is not chosen in denial of Christian teaching on the Resurrection and the sacredness of the human body. When cremation is chosen for a good reason, the full course of the Order of the Christian Funerals should still be celebrated, including the Vigil Service (wake), the Funeral liturgy and the Rite of Committal. Current Catholic liturgical regulations also require that cremation must not take place until after the Funeral Mass. This way, the body may still symbolize the person and may receive the blessings and be the subject of prayers in which the person is mentioned. The preservation of this order allows for a greater expression of the Catholic Faithful’s belief and values. Through the funeral rites, the Church commends the dead to the merciful love of God and pleads for the forgiveness of their sins.

Church teaching insists that cremated remains must be given the same respect as the body, including the manner in which they are carried and the attention given to their appropriate transport and placement. The cremated remains of a body are to be deposited in a worthy container such as an urn and buried, entombed or inurned preferably in a Catholic cemetery or columbarium, using the rites of the Order of the Christian Funerals.

It is not advised that you do. The following are NOT considered to be reverent dispositions that the Church requires: scaterring cremated remains, dividing cremated remains and keeping cremated remains at home.