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Choosing a Catholic Cemetery

“We do not want you to be unaware, brothers, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.”
– 1 Thessalonians 4:13

Why Choose a Catholic Cemetery?

Choosing a final resting place is a significant decision. Catholic cemeteries are sacred and holy grounds for worship and prayer, similar to our Catholic churches. When we are baptized, we are brought to a sacred place, a Catholic church, and baptized into the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection – thus giving us the promise of eternal life. When one of our loved ones die, we take them to another sacred place, a Catholic cemetery, for burial in sacred ground while they await the resurrection of the dead and the promise of eternal life.

What Does the Church Say?

The Catholic Church provides support to the bereaved who grieve at the death of a loved one and commends its deceased members to the mercy of God by means of its Funeral Rites. The Rite of Committal is the final liturgy in the Order of Christian Funerals. Like the Vigil Service, the Rite of Committal makes use of Scripture, a few words of hope, intercessions and prayers.

Catholics are strongly encouraged to be buried or entombed in a Catholic Cemetery. A Catholic cemetery is a sacred place of honor and respect for those who have died. It is blessed ground, fitting for someone whose body was a temple of the Holy Spirit on earth and now awaits the resurrection from the dead.

To have a representative of the Church present at this final moment is a great source of consolation to those who will now have to continue their journey in life without their loved one. While a priest may be unable to preside at the Committal Service, a deacon or a trained bereavement minister may represent the Church at this final moment.

Why Choose Us?

Our Catholic Cemeteries are an extension of your parish; a place for prayer, reflection, hope and remembrance. Cemeteries express our faith, reverence and respect for sacred burial on consecrated grounds.

The Diocese of Tucson Catholic Cemeteries have been an integral part of the Catholic community of Tucson for over 100 years. As the only Catholic cemeteries in Tucson, our consecrated grounds have been the final resting place for families for generations. From annual ceremonies, monthly Mass of Remembrance, and daily prayers, those interred within our care are constantly being honored and remembered. Choosing to be buried in a Catholic cemetery is the final expression of our faith as Catholics.

We are proud to serve the families that come to us and will continue to do so for generations to come.