“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” Philippians 3:20-21
Ever since the sacred body of Jesus Christ was reverently laid in a tomb, the Catholic Church has respected the profound goodness and loving mercy derived from the interment/entombment of the deceased. The Catholic Church has always taught that burial of the deceased is a Corporal Work of Mercy; seeing it necessary to dedicate solemnly, consecrated ground for this holy purpose. Catholic Cemeteries serve this purpose of burying the faithful departed, as to bear witness to Christ and to await the resurrection of the body into life everlasting. In an effort to adhere to these fundamental beliefs of the Catholic Church, the staff of Catholic Cemeteries works tirelessly to maintain the dignity and beauty of its nine properties.
There are 37 Catholic cemeteries across Rhode Island. Nine of these cemeteries are maintained by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence; others are incorporated and operated by individual parishes. The Diocese maintains and operates nine Catholic cemeteries under the division known as the Office of Catholic Cemeteries. The main office, located in Cranston adjacent to St. Ann Cemetery, regulates and monitors the actions, burials, and services for all nine Catholic cemeteries. The Diocesan Cemeteries office has information and records only for Diocesan cemeteries; information regarding a parish cemetery is available through the specific parish.
The area or land that a Catholic Cemetery rests on is considered “Holy Ground.” This land has been blessed by a bishop or priest, and the deceased are interred or entombed in a holy and spiritual environment. Loved ones and family members are encouraged to come and pray for the souls of the deceased, knowing that they too will be together with them, one day, in the presence of Almighty God.
The Office of Catholic Cemeteries pledges their undivided care and attention when burying or paying respect to a loved one. The dedicated staff will fulfill every obligation and need that is required for providing a holy and spiritual ceremony. Once the deceased is laid to rest, one can have the reassurance and knowledge that their loved one is truly blessed from this sanctifying gift. Being buried in a Catholic Cemetery is truly a Holy Privilege.
Each cemetery is home to a chapel and a number of memorials to the saints and members of the Holy Family. Cemeteries offer these features as yet another means for loved ones to pray, reflect, or pays one’s respect to the deceased in a dignified and respectful environment. Catholic Cemeteries is here to help during your time of need; faithfully serving past, current, and future generations of Catholics.