Do you know what a Columbarium is?
Do you realize that you can do a corporal act of mercy and visit the dead right here at Sacred Heart parish? Right below the Church is a crypt where urns are placed. Praying for the dead is an act of mercy and charity. Just ask our receptionist for the code and take a trip down using the elevator or the stairs. If you haven’t been to the Columbarium, you will be impressed by the beauty and prayerful environment.
What about Cremation?
The Canadian Catholic Church says: “Scattering cremated remains on the sea, in the air, on the ground, or keeping them in the homes of relatives does not display appropriate reverence and the Church does not offer a prayer service when that kind of disposal has been chosen.
Following the most ancient Christian tradition, the Church insistently recommends that the bodies of the deceased be buried in cemeteries or other sacred places.
Furthermore, burial in a cemetery or another sacred place adequately corresponds to the piety and respect owed to the bodies of the faithful departed who through Baptism have become temples of the Holy Spirit and in which “as instruments and vessels the Spirit has carried out so many good works”. (taken from Vatican document “Ad resurgendum cum Christo” regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation, Oct. 25, 2016)