Tag: Catholic Cemeteries

Grieving family gets ‘partial closure’ at small burial service

Grieving family gets ‘partial closure’ at small burial service

| June 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Barbara and Jerry Bovy met in the first grade at Holy Spirit School in St. Paul nearly 80 years ago.

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Catholic Cemeteries gates are open, but services look different during pandemic

Catholic Cemeteries gates are open, but services look different during pandemic

| Susan Klemond | May 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

People visiting a Catholic Cemeteries site in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will find that much has changed because of COVID-19, but much remains the same.

Memorial Day Masses May 25 are canceled because of the pandemic. At burials, only 10 people at a time are allowed at a grave site, and everyone must maintain a social distance of 6 feet apart to help prevent spread of the virus.

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Joan Gecik has been preparing all of her life to lead Catholic Cemeteries

Joan Gecik has been preparing all of her life to lead Catholic Cemeteries

| Christina Capecchi | October 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Without knowing it, Joan Gecik has been preparing for her new job as executive director of The Catholic Cemeteries her entire life ­— personally and professionally. But the first notable influence came in early childhood. After Sunday Mass, her parents would take their 10 kids out for a picnic at the cemetery — a free, safe and beautiful place.

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Natural burial to begin at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights

Natural burial to begin at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights

| May 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Phyllis Strong, who worked in pollution control for the state of Minnesota, looks forward to The Catholic Cemeteries starting natural burial at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights June 1.

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Cemeteries in our lives — and at the end of our lives

Cemeteries in our lives — and at the end of our lives

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | May 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

In my years of service as a priest and bishop, I have always welcomed the opportunity each Memorial Day to schedule a Mass or service of remembrance in one of our Catholic cemeteries. They are moments not only to recall the heroic selflessness of those who made the supreme sacrifice in the service of our country, but also to recall more broadly our ongoing connection with those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith.

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Retired Catholic Cemeteries director reflects on four decades in field

Retired Catholic Cemeteries director reflects on four decades in field

| May 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

John Cherek didn’t set out to work in cemeteries. In 1981, he was working as a parish administrator at St. Mary of the Lake in White Bear Lake when the pastor, Father Michael Kennedy, told him that he was going to be in charge of the parish cemetery.

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Memorial Day Masses planned at cemeteries May 29

Memorial Day Masses planned at cemeteries May 29

| May 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

10 a.m. rain or shine at the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Catholic cemeteries

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6 tips for funeral planning

6 tips for funeral planning

| October 22, 2015 | 4 Comments

When it comes to planning a funeral, families and loved ones have decisions to make, but pre-planning one’s funeral service can ease the burden by determining many details ahead of time.

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Civil War soldier’s grave rededicated

Civil War soldier’s grave rededicated

| September 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

A commemoration and rededication ceremony was held Sept. 22 at Calvary Cemetery in St. Paul at the grave of Pvt. Edmund Sampare, a Catholic who was a member of the 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters and was killed Sept. 17, 1862, during the Civil War in the Battle of Antietam in Maryland.

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‘Monumental’ Eagle Scout project honors Civil War vets

‘Monumental’ Eagle Scout project honors Civil War vets

| Kathryn Elliott | October 4, 2011 | 0 Comments

A month before his 18th birthday, Patrick Finnegan completed his Eagle Scout project: sprucing up 70 Civil War-era gravestones at Calvary Cemetery in St. Paul.

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Newark archdiocese to unveil 9/11 memorial monument

Newark archdiocese to unveil 9/11 memorial monument

| May 25, 2011 | 1 Comment

Catholic Cemeteries in the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., will unveil an outdoor memorial monument, honoring the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001, immediately following a Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 30.

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