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Hispanic section of Our Lady of Hope Cemetery to be blessed, dedicated on June 24

Brownstown Township — Bishop Arturo Cepeda, Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit, will bless and dedicate a new Hispanic section at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery following a 10 a.m. Mass on Saturday, June 24. The opening of this section marks a significant milestone for the Hispanic Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Detroit and for the Brownstown cemetery which is owned by the Archdiocese of Detroit and managed by Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services of Detroit.

Families will have the opportunity to include the names of their loved ones in a Book of Remembrance both before and after the outdoor Mass. Following the Mass, Bishop Cepeda will dedicate the new area, which honors Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego, both important figures for the Hispanic Catholic community. Both events are open to the public. Complimentary bus transportation will be provided from Holy Redeemer Church (1721 Junction Street, Detroit). Buses depart Holy Redeemer at 9 a.m.

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

APOSTOLIC LETTER - Misericordia et misera


to all who read this Apostolic Letter
mercy and peace

Misericordia et misera is a phrase used by Saint Augustine in recounting the story of Jesus’ meeting with the woman taken in adultery (cf. Jn 8:1-11). It would be difficult to imagine a more beautiful or apt way of expressing the mystery of God’s love when it touches the sinner: “the two of them alone remained: mercy with misery”.[1] What great mercy and divine justice shine forth in this narrative! Its teaching serves not only to throw light on the conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, but also to point out the path that we are called to follow in the future.

1. This page of the Gospel could easily serve as an icon of what we have celebrated during the Holy Year, a time rich in mercy, which must continue to be celebrated and lived out in our communities. Mercy cannot become a mere parenthesis in the life of the Church; it constitutes her very existence, through which the profound truths of the Gospel are made manifest and tangible. Everything is revealed in mercy; everything is resolved in the merciful love of the Father.

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Our Lady of Hope Catholic Cemetery Corner Feature Cross Installation


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Brownstown Twp. – Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron will bless the new St. John Paul II Mausoleum and Chapel at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. The mausoleum and chapel mark a significant expansion for the Brownstown cemetery, which is owned by the Archdiocese of Detroit and managed by Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services of Detroit (CFCS).

The mausoleum has more than 550 interior and exterior crypts, 450 niches, and a chapel for services. The interior crypts have marble fronts and the exterior crypts have granite fronts. The niches, used for placement of urns with cremated remains, offer both glass and granite fronts.

The mausoleum is named after St. John Paul II, who served as pope of the Catholic Church from 1978 until his death in 2005, and was named a saint by the Vatican in 2014. A bronze statue of the popular modern saint will stand in front of the mausoleum’s entrance. The new mausoleum is intended to fulfill the need for more burial space in the cemetery.

Father Timothy Babcock, the Archdiocese’s liaison for cemeteries and a board member of CFCS describes the mausoleum and chapel as “a beautiful expression of Catholic respect for those who have died. The beautiful window from Our Lady of Lourdes Church is our centerpiece and helps to express the sacredness of this place. It will be a chapel of comfort and prayer for many for decades to come.” Maureen Terrell, Associate Director of Cemeteries said that “we are blessed to have this significant opportunity to invest in our cemetery and our faith community by creating a space for families to reflect and honor their loved ones.”

Our Lady of Hope Cemetery is at 18303 Allen Road, between Pennsylvania and Sibley roads. The new chapel will be in the center portion of the cemetery, near the present chapel and along the main road. Call Our Lady of Hope at (734) 285-2155 for further directions and information.

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May 22, 2015
Joe Kohn, Director of Public Relations
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Brownstown Twp. -- Our Lady of Hope Cemetery will conduct a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new St. John Paul II Chapel Mausoleum at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26. Bishop Donald Hanchon, an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Detroit, will preside at the service. The project marks a significant expansion for the Brownstown cemetery, which is owned by the Archdiocese of Detroit and managed by Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services of Detroit (CFCS).


by Elizabeth Wong Barnstead • October 31, 2014

Metro Detroit — For Catholics, cemeteries are much more than a place for the bodies of deceased friends and family.

“(Cemeteries) are a sacred place that provides an appropriate environment respecting the life of the person, and expressing our belief that the person has been handed over to God and is now enjoying life in the Kingdom,” said Fr. Timothy Babcock, liaison to Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services (CFCS), a ministry of the Archdiocese of Detroit.

CFCS oversees the five Catholic cemeteries falling within the region of the archdiocese: Southfield’s Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Detroit’s Holy Cross Cemetery, Brownstown’s Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Monroe’s St. Joseph Cemetery and Wyandotte’s Mount Carmel Cemetery.


by The Michigan Catholic • October 18, 2013
MONROE — The historic St. Joseph’s Cemetery on North Monroe Street, which serves four Catholic parishes in Monroe and is open to all Christians, is now affiliated with the Catholic cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Detroit.

The cemetery, formerly operated by the parishes of St. Mary, St. Joseph, St. John the Baptist and St. Michael the Archangel, will now be managed by the archdiocese’s Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services of Detroit, which also operates Our Lady of Hope Cemetery in Brownstown, Mount Carmel Cemetery Cemetery in Wyandotte, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Cemetery in Southfield, Holy Cross Cemetery Cemetery in Detroit and Mount Hope in Pontiac.

The move was made after consultation with the leadership at the four Monroe parishes.


From The Michigan Catholic
by Elizabeth Wong Barnstead • July 10, 2014

Brownstown Township — Like-minded people of faith were to  gather to lay their unclaimed neighbors to rest after learning of the many deceased who remained unburied for years at the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office.

An ecumenical memorial service was to be held July 9 at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery in Brownstown Township, to honor the unclaimed individuals and begin the process of giving them proper burials. The service was to take place after this issue of The Michigan Catholic went to press.

Maureen Chappell, associate director of cemeteries with Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services — a ministry of the Archdiocese of Detroit — told The Michigan Catholic that having the opportunity to put faith in action by helping out “is a joyous thing.”

“At the AOD cemeteries, it is clear that our mission statement encompasses the corporal work of mercy of burying the dead,” said Chappell, who helped arrange the memorial service. “We are being called upon to embrace our community’s need and are doing so with open hearts.”


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