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All cemeteries are places of reverence. In a unique way, the Catholic Church sets aside in perpetuity and solemnly consecrates the land of Catholic cemeteries and mausoleums.
To ensure the future maintenance and beautification of the cemeteries, the Catholic Cemeteries Association charges a one-time charge on each place of interment and option right. These funds are then deposited into a strict fund with very strict guidelines regarding the use of these funds. This ensures every Catholic cemetery and mausoleum are cared for in a reverent and holy manner for generations to come.
Yes. The CCA is able to use a combination of telephone, email, and traditional mail systems to help you with any arrangements, either before or at the time of need.

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Cremation

YES. In May 1963, the Vatican's Holy Office (now the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith) lifted the prohibition forbidding Catholics to choose cremation. This permission was incorporated into the revised Code of Canon Law of 1983 (Canon #1176), as well as into the Order of Christian Funerals. It, then became standard practice to celebrate the funeral liturgies with the body and then take the body to the crematorium. Most recently the bishops of the United States and the Holy See have authorized the celebration of a Catholic funeral liturgy with the cremated remains when the body is cremated before the funeral.
The church prefers that cremation take place after the full funeral liturgy with the body. However, in the American culture, cremation often takes place immediately or soon after death.
Yes. Respectful final disposition of cremated remains involves interment or entombment. Burial options include a family grave in a cemetery marked with a traditional memorial, or entombment in a columbarium/niche.
A common practice is the entombment of the cremated remains in a “columbarium.” It is an arrangement of niches, either inside a mausoleum, or outside into which an urn or other worthy vessel is placed for permanent memorial.
No. “The practices of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires.” (Order of Christian Funerals, Appendix II).

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Burial

Non-Catholic spouses or relatives of Catholics who have purchased the right of burial in a Catholic cemetery can also be buried here. We believe in the sanctity of family, and that those who were together in life should remain together in death.
The CCCA currently offers natural burial at select cemetery locations. For more information, please contact one of our Family Service Representative by filling out this form or by calling 216-641-7575.
Every burial is unique. With that being said, requesting interment with previously buried family members is handled on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please contact one of our Family Service Representative by filling out this form or by calling 216-641-7575.
Yes. Traditional family gravesites and mausoleums are available for selection at all our cemeteries.

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Products

The CCA offers a variety of products, including monuments, headstones, emblems, vaults, and other memorialization options.
A burial vault is used to protect the casket therein as well as to ensure the beauty and safety of the grave site. Vaults are used to protect the casket against air, water, or other natural damages.
Yes, all memorials can be personalized. However, certain requirements must be met to adhere to the proper teachings of Catholic burials.
In certain circumstances, you have the ability to upgrade a flush market to an above ground monument. For more information, please contact one of our Family Service Representative by filling out this form or by calling 216-641-7575.

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Maintenance and Visitation

As is the case with any natural process, growing grass is dependent on a variety of factors. The CCA plants grass twice a year, once in early spring and again during the fall. These are the best times for growth, but planting grass once doesn’t guarantee full growth. Sometimes it can take a few rounds of seeding for grass to actually begin to grow. Each section and grave will be different, as changes in soil other natural factors can affect the rate of growth. The CCA works hard to make sure growth is properly fostered at all grave sites.
Fixing a sinking marker is as simple as calling our office. We are always happy to help you and strive to maintain gravesites.
Our priority is the beauty of our cemeteries. These are “God’s Holy Acres”; a burial ground of His saints and nothing can be more important that. To ensure the safety of everyone, we offer a complete set of guidelines. Visit our decorations page for more details.

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Cremation


For those who desire a cremation burial, the CCA assures that the bodies of the deceased are treated with respect and laid to rest in a consecrated place.

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Pre-Planning


Let our knowledgeable and compassionate Family Service Representatives guide you through all burial decisions, both before or at the time of need.

Visitation

Visitation


Our cemeteries offer a calm and soothing place for remembrance and prayerful reflection. Learn more about our visitation schedule and policies today.

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Our staff is always ready to help you with any questions regarding our cemeteries, products, or services. Contact us today for further assistance.