A Message from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz

...Life has changed, not ended

All through life the Catholic Church is present to the living by baptizing their new members, celebrating their growth and development, blessing their marriages and praying for them during an illness. Since death is a natural part of this life, it is only fitting that the Catholic community be present at the time of death. Death as seen through the eyes of a Christian is not the end; it is simply a natural passageway to everlasting life. Burial in a Catholic cemetery is a statement of continued belief in that everlasting life, even in death.

As people of faith, our burial places have an important meaning for us, since they are sacred places. Each visit to the cemetery is a reminder to us of the love, fellowship and faith that we shared with our deceased family members and friends. It is also a reminder to us of our own mortality and our own belief in the Resurrection.

The Church expects those who have been baptized as Catholics to take full advantage of the Order of Christian Funerals. These rites include: prayers at the time of death and thereafter, a wake service allowing time for prayers and support, a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated for both the living and the dead, and burial in a Catholic Cemetery as the final resting place for those who have “fallen asleep in Christ.” The Catholic Cemeteries welcomes non-Catholic family members as well. The Catholic Church believes that those who were together in life should not be separated in death.

The Catholic Cemeteries of our Archdiocese have been serving our Catholic Community since 1851, with the founding of St. Michael and St. John Cemeteries. Our Catholic cemeteries are owned, operated and guided by the Catholic Bishop of Louisville. Even though the individual who is the Catholic Bishop of Louisville has changed in the course of the years, the Catholic cemeteries have been and will continue to be here to serve you and your family. It is both wonderful and comforting to know that our Catholic cemeteries are caring for and will continue to care for the remains of our loved ones awaiting the resurrection.

In today’s changing world with its uncertainty, the Catholic Cemeteries will welcome and serve you and your family. Please remember to state your preference for a Catholic cemetery when planning funeral services.

“Eternal rest grant unto all of our loved ones, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.”

Devotedly yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.
Archbishop of Louisville