Cremation (using fire and heat) is the process by which the body of the deceased is reduced to its basic elements. At one time, the Catholic Church did not approve of the practice of cremation because of its historical ties to the persecution of Christians and a rejection of the belief in the Resurrection. However, today the Church recognizes that people choose cremation for a variety of reasons that are not in conflict with the Church’s teaching on life, death and resurrection. The Church not only allows cremation, but also has developed a specific liturgy for Masses with the cremated remains present, Memorial Masses, and Committal services.
The Vatican revised Church teaching on cremation in 1963; the Code of Canon Law now states: “The Church permits cremation, provided that it does not demonstrate a denial of faith in the resurrection of the body.” (Can 1176)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “The bodies of the dead must be treated with respect and charity, in faith and hope of the Resurrection.” (Catechism 2300)
The Order of Christian Funerals directs that “The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they come. This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried, the care and attention to appropriate placement and transport, and the final disposition. The cremated remains should be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium. The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires.
The cremated remains of a body are to be buried or entombed, preferably in a Catholic cemetery or columbarium.
We have constructed a columbarium to receive the cremated remains of our beloved dead. This is located just outside the East Transepts, near the statue of St. Jude. This is enclosed and available for prayer when the church is open. Niches are available to St. Jude parishioners and their family members.
The cost of a niche is $3,000. The urns to be used in our columbarium must be purchased from St. Jude Catholic Church as they are specifically designed to fit in the niche. They cost $45 each. An engraved nameplate is placed on the outside of the niche and are available at a cost of $350.00 Each niche will accommodate two urns. All prices are subject to change without notice. For more information or to purchase a niche, contact Ann Mikelonis at 972.727.1177 ext 2249.
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