Spirit of the Living Water and Other Cremation Areas
Cremation: New Options for Catholics
There are many questions and misconceptions about the Catholic Church’s policy on cremation.
Many Catholics mistakenly believe that the Catholic Church still frowns upon cremation.
Since the early 1960′s, the Catholic Church has allowed and has been evolving its position on cremation. In 1983, guidelines for cremation were included in the Code of Canon Law. In 1989, a task force was formed to examine the growing practice of cremation and sought ways to preserve traditional burial rites while accomodating the new policy.
Finally in 1997, the Holy See granted permission to American bishops to allow funeral masses in the presence of cremated remains.
The Church prefers and urges that the body of the deceased be present for funeral rites, recommending the cremation take place following the funeral liturgy if at all possible. The bishops emphasize the respect due to the body as a temple of the spirit. The cremains are to be kept intact in a proper vessel and reverently buried or inurned in a lot, columbarium or niche of a dedicated mausoleum.
There are many ways to be inurned in Calvary Cemetery.
Spirit of the Living Water
At the center, an octagon shaped gazebo constructed of granite from Cold Springs, Minnesota and natural New Bedford stone houses larger than life size etched images of the four gospel writers. Interior niches are available in four directions. Exterior niches are available on the four outside walls of the gazebo as well as on a lower perimeter wall. The garden features a stream with two waterfalls and a reflection pool, creating a wonderfully peaceful and serene atmosphere. A butterfly garden and trees to attract song birds complete the landscape.
The Spirit of Living Water niches are $1900 for a single, $3800 for two side by side and $2850 for a double. There is an additional cost for the bronze plaques. There is a large diverse selection.
Additional options at Calvary Cemetery for the inurnment of cremated remains.
The Stations of the Cross Mausoleum offers two types of cremation niches. The complex shows beautiful, colorful Italian mosaic niches design by Acclaim Artisans. The east wall depicts “Noah’s Landing”, with rainbow, doves, lake, flowers and trees. The west wall depicts “The Creation” with sun, moon, waterfall, mountains and fish. The south side of the complex has mahogany granite niches.
Mahogany Granite Niches
The Four Pines is nestled in the midst of four Colorado Blue Spruce trees. The four columbarium units surround an inner garden that features a central fountain, benches for seating and paver brick walkways.
The Garden of Resurrection offers cremorials located in the center courtyard of the garden nearest a granite statue depicting Christ in the Resurrection.
Prices of all cremation niches includes opening and closing charges and engraving of names and dates.
Standard in-ground burial options are also available for cremated remains.