Embracing New Traditions
Cremation has been accepted by the church for over 40 years. As of 2015 the cremation rate in the U.S. is around 50%. The Church still recommends, and prefers, the pious custom of burying the bodies of the Faithful, out of respect for the body that has given evidence of God’s spirit enlivening our souls which are destined to be raised on the great Day of Resurrection. Nonetheless, the Church allows cremation as long as it is not an intentional denial of the Church’s teaching regarding the Resurrection of the body. Note, however, The Order of Christian Funerals is arranged such that cremation of the deceased takes place after the funeral liturgy and not before it. However, when this is not possible, the cremated remains are permitted to be present for the Funeral Liturgy, either the Mass or outside of Mass.
The Vatican’s New Directive on Cremation
Instruction Ad resurgendum cum Christo regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation
1. To rise with Christ, we must die with Christ: we must “be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Cor 5:8). With the Instruction Piam et Constantem of 5 July 1963, the then Holy Office established that “all necessary measures must be taken to preserve the practice of reverently burying the faithful departed”, adding however that cremation is not “opposed per se to the Christian religion” and that no longer should the sacraments and funeral rites be denied
Cremated remains are a temple of the Holy Spirit, and as such they should always be kept on consecrated grounds. For this reason we offer a variety of inurnment options, and are happy to work within any budget.
For those choosing cremation, the Catholic Funeral Tradition affords sacred and beautiful rituals that bring comfort to loved ones. There are two options when choosing to have a Church service:
Please contact us if you are interested in discussing Remembrance Options, or better understanding Church teachings on cremations.