As Christians, we believe that death is a way of moving from this life of pilgrimage to one of eternal happiness. However, emotional stress and financial strain often overshadow the thought of happiness. In these circumstances, it is understandably difficult to make prudent decisions.
The Catholic Cemetery of Fort Wayne enables people to decide their cemetery and burial needs thoughtfully and without pressure before the need arises. Having these preparations taken care of ahead of time relieves others of unnecessary burdens and is a way to continue to show our love and concern for them. Our cemetery still hopes to free our people from these burdens and to allow them this moment of religious significance.
For generations, our Catholic people and so many of our priests and bishops have chosen to use our Catholic Cemetery as a burial place, a place long since blessed and dedicated according to our Catholic tradition.
I am pleased to support our Catholic Cemetery programs and hope you will consider entrusting your burial needs to the staff of the Catholic Cemetery of Fort Wayne.
Sincerely yours in the Lord,
Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades
Each person, created in the image and likeness of God, sets out on a faith journey. Our church, and in particular the local parish, is always present along the way to minister to the traveler’s needs and to celebrate significant milestones in their lives.
Catholic cemeteries are an extension of the parish where those who have worshipped and prayed together in life now await the resurrection of the body in death. Catholic cemeteries are rooted in ancient religious traditions that display a respect for the deceased and a reverence for their physical remains. A core belief which dates back to the birth of Christianity is that there is a direct relationship between Jesus’ death and resurrection and the death and resurrection of the Christian. Catholics believe in life eternal.
Construction of the new Divine Mercy Funeral Home at the Catholic Cemetery is progressing well and scheduled to open in November. The 14,000 square foot funeral home will house two visitation rooms, each with a personal family room; a crematorium and embalming facility and the offices of Catholic Cemetery. Leadership of Catholic Cemetery believes that the establishment of a Catholic funeral home will enable them to serve those grieving with a pastoral approach, always maintaining the dignity of each person. “Divine Mercy Funeral Home will complete Catholic Cemetery’s mission in burying the dead and better allow us guide and comfort, in Catholic tradition, those who have lost someone they love,” says Casey Miller, Catholic Cemetery executive director. “This funeral home is a natural extension of the pastoral care that Catholic Cemetery has offered since 1873.”
The Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, commented on the promise of a funeral home dedicated to serving the needs of area Catholics. “I see the establishment of a Catholic Funeral Home by our Catholic Cemetery Association as a natural extension of its spiritual and pastoral mission to care for those who mourn the death of their loved ones as well as to provide for the liturgical rites of the Church for those who have died. We are focused on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, which include praying for and burying the dead and comforting those who mourn.” The Bishop continued, “The Divine Mercy Funeral Home will focus on the merciful love of God, fully revealed in His Son Jesus. The focus on Divine Mercy will bring consolation to those who are grieving as we entrust the souls of the faithful departed to the mercy of God. I am hopeful that this new ministry of the Catholic Cemetery Association will bear much good fruit in serving the Church’s mission of mercy."
Photo taken July 2017