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Frequently Asked Questions
- Is the ground in a Catholic Cemetery blessed?
At the time cemeteries are established, the Church provides for a general blessing and dedication of the land for burial purposes. The burial ritual also provides for a blessing of a particular grave at the time it is used.
- Do you have to be Catholic to be buried in a Catholic Cemetery?
No, it is not required, but our purpose is to provide a Rite of Burial to the Catholic community.
- Are there restrictions on monuments or markers?
Yes. Each grave or lot (2 or more graves) has a specific type and size range for the memorial. These decisions are made to help us control future maintenance costs, access for visitors and the overall visual design of each area.
- How do I locate the gravesites of friends or family members buried?
The Cemeteries office can provide you with a cemetery map and lot diagram, which will aid you in finding the location. If you are interested in genealogy, please call us for our request form.
- Can Catholics be cremated?
Yes, cremation has been allowed since Vatican II.
- What are the rules for disposition of cremated remains?
The cremated remains should not be scattered or kept in the home. Every step of the funeral process should be followed with burial or entombment in a mausoleum, so that memorialization can be completed. The Catholic Cemeteries office can provide you with many options for the burial or entombment of cremated remains.
- Are Catholic cemeteries full?
No. Calvary, St. Michaels and St. Louis all have lots available for sale. Calvary has about 40+ years of graves left but St. Louis and St. Michaels are limited in available space. There are some road areas and landscaped areas, which will be opened up for future sections in St. Louis and St. Michaels.
- What distinguishes Catholic Cemeteries from other cemeteries?
We are a ministry of the Archdiocese which offers Rite of Burial to the Catholic community and people of all faiths.
- What happens to an extra grave on my grandparent’s lot?
Any unused spaces that have not been assigned in the owner’s lifetime are available to her/his surviving spouse and then to any direct descendants in the order of need in accordance with state law.
- When are committal services held at the chapel instead of the gravesite?
While the church prefers that committal services take place at the gravesite, it is the families decision. Weather and physical limitations of family members are just a couple of reasons for using the chapel.
What to Expect After a Burial
- Containers of cut flowers that are part of the floral designs at the time of the funeral may be left on the grave for a few days.
- Between six and nine months need to elapse before the earth in a new grave has compacted sufficiently to permit sodding or seeding. During this period, the Catholic Cemeteries keep one or more crew refilling settlement after each rain. Between 300 and 400 graves need attention after a heavy rainfall. All graves are seeded or sodded in the early spring or fall except for those burials that have taken place in the last six to nine months. However, one or more graves may occasionally be overlooked. If you find that we have neglected to fill, sod or seed a grave on your lot, please notify the cemetery office and we will correct the oversight promptly.
- Foundations for memorials will be installed between 60 and 90 days after approval of the foundation permit. All foundation permits require the signature of the lot owner, his/her legal representative, or his/her legal descendants.
- The staff of our Monument Department will be glad to assist you with your memorial needs. This service includes monuments, markers, vases and the completion of inscriptions and dates on existing memorials.
Genealogy requests will be completed as staff is available and as time permits. Requests must be made by the use of this form and fees must be paid in full upon completion. For a small fee, the Catholic Cemeteries can provide the following:
- Computer printout for a surname (5 names per page)*
- Computer printout of selected names*
- Copy of obituary or lot diagram**
* Computer printouts include the following information (if available): Cemetery name, name of deceased, location, date of burial, age, birth place, birth date, death date, parish, funeral home and lot owner.
** Please keep in mind that obituaries may not be available for burials performed before 1940 at Calvary and St. Louis Cemeteries and for burials performed before 1984 at St. Michael Cemetery.
Other Useful Websites
- Archdiocese of Louisville: www.archlou.org
- Catholic Cemetery Conference: www.catholiccemeteryconference.org
- Kentucky Cemetery Association: www.kentuckycemeteryassociation.org