Tag: Cremation

Epiphany cemetery offering free burial Nov. 16 for cremated remains

Epiphany cemetery offering free burial Nov. 16 for cremated remains

| October 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Father Thomas Dufner once counseled a young woman who wore a locket with her grandmother’s ashes in it to bury the remains, after the woman admitted she couldn’t sleep at night.

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How should ashes properly be handled after cremation?

How should ashes properly be handled after cremation?

| October 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

In 1963, the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued an instruction permitting cremation as long as it was not done as a sign of denial of the basic Christian belief in the resurrection of the dead.

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Why is the Passion read on Palm Sunday and is organ donation OK?

Why is the Passion read on Palm Sunday and is organ donation OK?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. I have always wondered why we read the Passion during Palm Sunday services. Palm Sunday is a day of rejoicing and jubilation, as we remember Jesus riding into Jerusalem amid throngs of cheering people.

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Clapping at Mass; scattering cremains

Clapping at Mass; scattering cremains

| Father Kenneth Doyle | December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Q. I have noticed that when the choir does a piece of music differently or performs a song especially well, someone inevitably starts to applaud, and the rest of the congregation follows suit. I think this detracts from the mood that the music has just created and interferes with the solemnity of the Mass. Is it just me, or should applause be reserved for musical performances outside of Mass?

Q. I understand that, as Catholics, if we choose to be cremated, our cremains are to be treated with dignity and must be buried or entombed. My husband and I have two family members who have asked us to arrange to have their ashes “scattered.” One is a Catholic, one is not. Does our duty to follow Church teaching on this matter override the wishes of our family members (even of the non-Catholic one)? I am uncomfortable with one day having to carry out their request, but I’m unsure as to how to respond.

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