Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. May they rest in peace.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
The Catholic cemetery, like a church, is a sacred place wherein the mortal remains of the faithful departed dwell while awaiting the glorious resurrection of the body. The Catholic cemetery should be identifiable as a sacred place and care should be given to the cemetery both in the external signs that are used and in the care of the grounds. Families are encouraged to visit the graves of loved ones to pray for the dead, remember the cherished moments, and celebrate our faith in Christ and His promise for our resurrection on the Last Day. The parish provides perpetual care of the cemetery grounds. Donations to the Perpetual Care Fund are always welcome.
All Catholic cemeteries of the Diocese of La Crosse are under the jurisdiction of the diocesan bishop. In parochial cemeteries, like Saint Mary’s Cemetery, the pastor is the superintendent of the cemetery. The superintendent of the cemetery shall see to it that the monuments, inscriptions, and ornamentation of the monuments are in keeping with the teachings of the Catholic faith and all Church and civil laws concerning the administration of the cemetery are observed.
Near the cemetery entrance, the management has posted the polices to be followed by relatives and friends of the deceased for the placement of flowers and decorations to facilitate the efficient care of the cemetery grounds and to ensure the safety of visitors, maintenance personnel, and equipment.
The annual meeting of the Saint Mary’s Cemetery Association is held during the month of June unless the pastor determines another time. Parishioners and lot holders are encouraged to contact the management at any time with any concerns.
Cemetery Superintendent | Fr. Alan M. Guanella, JCL
Cemetery Sexton | Dave Glodowski
- View the cemetery on Find A Grave (Cemetery #1533188)
- Pastoral Letter On the Christian Burial of the Dead (then-Bishop Raymond Burke, November 2, 2000)
- Church Teaching on Bereavement and Funerals (USCCB)
- Church Teaching on Cremation and the Order of Christian Funerals (USCCB, January 2012)