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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1961 THE OBSERVER PAGE 7 AMBOY -- St. Patrick APPLE RIVER -- St. Joseph AURORA -- Annunciation AURORA -- St. Joseph AURORA -- St. Michael AURORA -- St. Nicholas AURORA -- Sacred Heart BELVIDERE -- St. James BYRON -- St. Mary IC DIOCESAN CEMETERIES . ROCKFORD St. James-St. Mary: Calvary for the parishes of St. James, St. Anthony, St. Bernadette, St. Bridget, St. Edward, St Mary, St. Patrick, St. Peter, SS. Peter and Paul, St. Stanislaus. AURORA Mount Olivet Cemetery for the parishes of Holy Angels, St. George, St. Mary, Our Lady of Goo~i Counsel, St. Peter, St. Rita of Cascia, St. Theresa of Jesus. BATAVIA-GENEVA-ST. CHARLES Resurrection Cemetery for the parishes of Holy Cross, Batavia; .St. Peter, Geneva; St. Pat- rick, St. Charles. CARPENTERSVILLE-DUNDEE " Cemetery of the Shrine of Crucifixion River Valley Memorial Gardens for parishes of St. Monica, CarpentersviUe and St. Catherine, Dundee. INTERPAROCHIAL CEMETERIES ELGIN -- Mount Hope: for parishes of St. Joseph, St. Mary, St. Lau- rence and St. Thomas More. FREEPORT -- Calvary: for parishes of St. Catherine, St. Mary and ~ St. Thomas Aquinas. PARISH CEMETERIES: MARENGO -- Sacred Heart MAYTOWN -- St. Patrick MAYTOWN -- St. Michael Sandy Hallow) MENOMINEE -- Nativity OREGON -- St. Mary PECATONICA -- St. Mary One of the thoughts that ceme- required by law. Because Catholic teries try to impress on people is the thoughtful foresighted selec- tion of lots and graves.They point out a unique fact, that this is probably the most permanent pur- chase they will make. This may not be the strongest reason for thoughtful selection but this concern for permanence is peculiar to cemeteries. The old expression "born one hundred years too soon" might aptly be applied to cemeteries and their personnel because nowhere else is there such Concern for the fu- ture in every move that is made. This .is rather paradoxical. Cemeteries are normally associa- ted with the end of temporal life, ! yet much time and planning is spent in provision for future temporal problems. Urgent Problem The biggest and most pressing of these is the problem of care. A Catholic cemetery is a sacred place, and it is no less sacred whether it is newly consecrated POLO -- St. Mary PROPHETSTOWN -- St. Cath- erine DeKALB -- St. Mary DURAND -- St. Mary RICHMOND -- St. Joseph or whether it is one hundred years EAST MAYTOWN -- St. MaryROCHELLE -- St. Patrickold. Thus part of every present ELBURN -- St. Gall SANDWICH -- St. Paul activity must be concern for how it will affect the future. ELIZABETH -- St. Mary SAVANNA -- St. John The urgency of the problem is FREEPORT -- St. Joseph SCALES MOUND -- Holy Trini- strong because there are still FULTON-ALBANY -- Immacu.ty late Conception SEWARD -- St. Thomas of Can- many examples around that give GALENA- St. Mary terbury mute evidence of no concern or GALENA- St. Michael SHANNON- St. Wendelin care a hundred years ago. Con- GENOA -- St. Catherine SOMONAUK -- St. John cern for the future is not theoreti- GILBERTS -- St. Mary SPRING GROVE -- St. Peter col because we have seen what HAMPSHIRE -- St. CharlesSTERLING -- St. Mary lack of it can cause in a cemetery. HARMON -- St. Flannen STERLING -- Sacred Heart Today in our newer cemeteries HARTLAND- St. Patrick STOCKTON -- Holy Cross the problem is solved as best it can be. While there is no abso- HARVARD -- St. Joseph SUBLETTE -- Our Lady of Per- . . u tual Hel" lutety certain way to predict such o~rb,:x -- ~. Mary t,~ t, lnmnglmes as fut'ure cos~s and IRISH GROVE -- St Patrick,SYCAMORE -- St. Mary . JOHNSBURG -- St. ~lohn TAMPICO -- St. Mary prices, future government, con- T~ ~ T VIRGIL SS Peter and Paul trols and legislation, fture mfla- LEnA St Jose"h WARREN St Ann tlon or deflation, the Catholic McHENRY -- St. Mary WEST BROOKLYN-- St. Mary cem~erms today take a sub- McHENRY- St. Patrick WONDER LAKE -- Christ the smnuat, pa~ oi every oouar re~ MAPLE PARK- St Mary King ceiveo in lot purcnases ana put - E - NS it aside for future care. CATHOLIC S CTIO Past Picture Poor Municipal Cemeteries: To be exact, 30 percent of every CRYSTAL LAKE -- St. Thomas the Apostle parish, bit of income from lot sales is so DIXON -- St = ~ne and St. Patrick parishes~ reserved--twice as much as i~ tegulafions for Christian Burial byLw fCh h )emended a o urc Why does the Diocese of Rock-l burial ; they explain the obliga-I who by virtue of their close con- ford-like many other diocesesltion of such burial for all Cath, lnection with Catholics during life and archdioceses- make buriallolics and conditions under whichlmerit such consideration For ex- regulations? Leaving aside for lexceptions are occasionally toler-I ample, a non-Catholic husband of the moment theological back-lated, la Catholic wife may be buried grounds, the diocese promulgatesI Right And Duty next to her in a Catholic came- burial regulations simply becauseI Ecclesiastical burial -- the tery. Canon Law--the h.w of the Church[right' obligation, and privilege ofl Guard Faithful '--requires Christian burial law.levery Catholic--is not simply thai The union that the Church has ' Burial re,gu)ations then are notlactuaI burial. It includes as inte-lrecognized in life should not be a maybe thing Every bishop grol parts the transfer of the re and ~s n r ' " " "' " f "h ] "[ " ot ejected at death, i.e, m hs adherence to me mw o t e :" " Imains to the Church, the funeralJa valid mixed marria-e where Church must make some provisionlMass and the litur-ical servicesI - - . [ b [me non-~amoucmemoer sos neen :for Chrlst,an b.urIa It~ota[ata:lat graveside, and their deposition]a faithful spouse, living up to his ne is ame consmermg t e : " [in a place legitimately destined ]marital promises : " I P e [as the non-Catholic father of a "s elhn out of the law ot me h :,sPh g IUme or expediency that t eir[catholic daughter etc. In all cases u,~ [uamouc oeceasea Wln nave an]however burial~ m" ~" "^~-^v p,~cv"~-: No Preventives /quick burial without benefit ottin a Catholic famiN lot T- "~" : In Rockford, these regulations]Mass. It is naturally inconceiva-lotherwise would defeat ihe ~"u~ :are quite clear and have been in}ble that anyone who is enough of]n,~o P " :effect for a long time. This din-to Catholic to be buried in a]"~" case is blessed with a large ca(h-]catholic cemetery is not enough/ olic population and with the nu- of a Catholic to desire the final imerous facilities necessary to the service and the special suffrages that the Church can give him in the form of a funeral Mass. Every Catholic, then, has a definite obligation for his burial and that of his family in a Catho- lic cemetery. What about Catho- lics in this diocese who reject this obligaU~h and go elsewhere? That is an individual decision which they make even as they make every other spiritual and temporal decision in their lives. Permit Consideration However, they go against the strict precepts of the Church and in so doing, they choose to de- prive themselves of the spiritual benefits the Church can give. By virtue of their choice they are not accorded a funeral Mass or any of the other liturgical serv- CRUCIFIXION SCENE St. Mary - St. James Cemetery ROCKFORD welfare of its people. Among these :;is a system of diocesan interpar- ochial and parochial cemeteries offering a wide choice of burial accommodations in every part of the diocese. Accordingly, there is no practical reason preventing fulfillment of Church law on Christian burial. What do these burial regula- tions encompass? They outline the meaning of Christian burial, or more properly "ecclesiastical @ Cemetery Established At ,Sandwich SANDWICH: A new Catholic cemetery for the members of St. cemeteries are a religious organi- zation rather than a business, they cannot take chances. They can never close down if things don't go right. In the past the picture was not so hbpeful. Years ago traditions of the day called for individual families to care for their own lots and graves, and it took many years of sad experience to find the fallacy in this For in those days, the cemeteries had thou- It was not fulfilling its work. The lthis was not even considered as care-minded lot owner was not]a solution satisfied He must have felt like -- -" . ~ It neeaea a comptem oreaz a pioneer fighting back the wm : derness on either side of him. Ap wlm tramuon anu a comptemiy parently the only person satisfied lnew concept to solve the problem. was the person who did nothing. Faced with rising costs and dim- Break With Tradition inishing ability to give adequate Unfortunately, the cemeteries maintenance, plus the death of could not act. In accepting the! tradition that families cared for many original lot owners who their own graves, they collected gave some measure of care, the no income for future care. They Catholic cemeteries took the logi- could not very well use current col and long overdue step of as- Paul parish here was blessed by. the pastor, the Rev. CharlesK.~. McCarren, at 4 p.m. on Nov. 2, commemoration of the Faithful Departed. The ceremony was ot- Oended ~)y a large delegation of arishioners as this event marked a milestone in the history of the parish. Established in 1910, the parish from time to time between 1913 and 1933 was served as a mission church of Piano. Since 1933 the parish has had resident pastors. Father McCarreo was named pas-! tor in February 1957 The ten-acre plot which com- prises St. Paul cemetery was pur- chased in 1959 from Harold Simp- son. Since that time a roadway has been constructed a portion of the area has been plotted for 325 graves. A shrine in honor of Mary Queen of Heaven has been erected. The first burial has taken place in the new cemetery. The cemetery office will be lo- cated in St. Paul rectory. Formal dedication of the new St. Paul cemetery is planned for June. 1962. ices accompanying burial. Even though Catholic ceme- teries have existed for many years in this area, the diocese still permits consideration in these cases if the lot or grave involved was purchased in good faith prior to 1958, so that there could be no possible sorrow due to mis- understanding or ignorance. Since that time the Church requires that every new lot or grave selec- tion by a Catholic must be in a Catholic cemetery. Special con- sideration is given in the case of recent oonverts. Nat For All What about burial of non-Cath- olics in Catholic cemeteries? Ob- viously, no non-Catholic could come to a Catholic cemetery to select a lot or grave for family burial. He may think the cemeter most beautiful, or the prices most reasonable, or the location most I convenient, but he has no reason or claim to be buried in such a cemetery. They are blessed and set apart to receive the bodies of the faithful. They ere not a public burying ground. The diocese does however make l provision for those non-Catholics sands of "bosses"--each with his own idea of what was necessary, and each with his own set of stan- dards. Then again, too many felt that nothing was necessary. The cemetery was not satisfied. income because that was what paid for acquisition and develop- ment of new cemetery property as needed. The only alternative would be to raise all .charges far in excess of reasonable rates, and CEMETERY LOTS suming responsibility for the care of all the lots. Financial Solution To help finance this in part, they levied a small annual charge on every lot in every cemetery l that was not under what was thenI known as "perpetual care." This was a step that was deeply studied. The refunds, heretofore non-existent, had to come from somewhere. They could come from across- the-board increases in charges but it did not seem equitable to The thought of death is an un- do not know whether they will charge every single lot holder for easy subject--even for Catholics always be living in this area. something that affected only a t6 whom death is more victory Certainly these reasons can be portion of the lot holders. The than sting. Eternity is beyond valid but only the individual per- man's comprehension and man of- son knows whether they are valid small annual charge--which be- ten prefers to avoid any contact with those things he does not un- or whether they are rationalize- came known as the Annual Lawn derstand, tions. Maintenance Charge--was deter- This undoubtedly accounts for Pre-Selection Good mined to be the only possibility. the reluctance of some to think Many of the reasons against Those who heretofore had done about acquiring a lot or grave what is known as "pre-Need" nothing got value received in the before a death--possibly their own ~urchase can easil be anal" zed form of care they never gave P Y s forces actmn v -- . o . ~ . and answered Such purchase is " themsel es Those who hereto umormnam ~eluctance fore had rendered care were re much more convenient in terms of[ understandable,Wnne tins reluccanceit is inmaYsomenetime, in terms of- the opportunl'ty ~lieved. of t'-in s, we,-e o~,~,'~ ~,^t ways unfortunate. The act of ac- for thoughtful selection, and in uniform standards, and assured quiring burial facilities is certain-terms of money. A particular I that their graves would not be ly a logical act. Moreover it is a I despoiled in appearance by the rellgmus act m.a. sense. If we . . !poor condition of adjacent areas. accept me zact mar me homes oi, I st Picture Chan ed the faithful have any sacred char- ~ [ g acter, we do not do them justice ,~, '~ I Counled with this were re#ular if we "iv^ -^ *h^u"h" ^r e--e^- ~ne l~alcniul wno curing the,~ ~, ~ ,u ~ u ~ ~ u u, ~, ~ ^~ ^;,~, a f,^,~, ~ I continuing programs urging hold- to their final resting place. Pe~l m ~:;aS;;o~o~ ~dl'",Souls ers of these lots to place themI CALVARY IN FREEPORT--the interparoehial Calvary cemetery, directed by the Rt. Ray. Msgr. selection The development of learned to be us( 1 Y P p j that. For every better solut'on than establishing a magnificent promise. He told short ,eais~ cemetery shrines has given dis. lot holder that can be contacted, cemeteries that have to be him that He would resurrect him ~ " " ' (Herzog photo) tinction to many cemetery areas and made grave selection not just a matter of geography but of per- s~fial devotion. Not Promotional A particular shrine may, for example, Carry some special meaning to a family. It may sym- bolize a particular individual or family devotion, or event, or par ish, or mode of life, and it is cer- tainly fitting that an individual or family be remembered in death for the devotion they may have practiced in life. Such an ap- proach requires someone's consid- eration and forethought, and can hardly be accomplished in the rush of immediate death. Some people tend to shy away from the consideration of lot and grave selections before need, feel- ing' that such a program is a cemetery promotional device. Ob- viously this is not the case. There is no substantial gain to the ceme- tery. The property will eventual- ly be purchased and probably at a higher figure. It is not something that becomes obsolete or becomes "shopworn" from being in inventory too long. The only promotional element is cemetery encouragement of this program because the cemetery realizes from experience that se- lection well before need is the best way for Catholic families to acquire burial accommodations. Christian Burial Regulations then guard the faith and the teach- ings of the Church. They are not a straight-jacket designed to con- fine Catholics. Rather they are a suit of armor to protect Cath- olics, so that they may die in the Faith they lived and eater eter- nity with all the suffrages of the Church. ifor every heir that can be traced, for every Catholic that can as- I sume a hitherto unassumed re- sponsibility toward care of our old cemeteries, the sacred work of caring for the dead is improved. watched over and cared for. He would more sensibly be buried or cremated in large numbers with maximum of efficiency, and a minimum of space and fuss. It is precisely because he is on the last day, and glorify his body in Heaven. Is it any wonder then that Holy Mother Church has so much re- spect for the bodies of her faith- ful and has had since the incept- "Ecclesiastical burial consists in the trans- fer of the remains to the church, the celebra- tion of funeral services over them at church, and their disposition in a place'legitimately destined for the burial of the faithful." (Can- on 1204, Code of Canon Law.) "The remains of the faithful are to be buried in a cemetery which is blessed according to the rites prescribed in approved liturgical books, either by solem or simple blessing " (Canon 1205, par. 1, Code of Canon Law.) The grave obligations imposed upon Catho- lics for Christian burial is set forth in the above quotations from the Code of Canon Law. A Catholic being interred in a non-Catholic cemetery thus clearly deprives himself (or is deprived by those who arrange to bury him in a non-Catholic cemetery) of all Church serv- ices since he is violating the clear prescrip- tions of the Church Law. The following laws are taken from the Rock- ford Diocesan Synodal regulations, chapter four, section 2, article B: Statute 239 1) Christian burial is permitted in any came. tery in this jurisdiction which is a part of the diocesan system of cemeteries, or in any ap- proved Catholic cemetery. 2) Christian burial is also permitted in other cemeteries which are under contract to sup- ply and maintain a Catholic section. Statute 240 1) Unauthorized arrangements contrary to Statute 239 will result in the denial of Catholic funeral rites. 2) Exception to this general rule will be made in favor of converts to the Faith to be buried in their family lot in a non-Catholic cemetery and for those of the faithful who, in good faith, have purchased burial rites in a non-Catholic cemetery previous to SePtember 23, 1958. Statute 241 1) Non-Catholics may not be buried in a Catholic cemetery unless they are members ,ff a Catholic family or the non-Catholic spouse in a mixed marriage. 2) In such cases where burial of a non-Cath- olic is authorized in a Catholic cemetery, a Priest, dressed in street clothes, may go to the home or funeral parlor and cemetery and re- cite some appropriate liturgical prayers. 3) Non-Catholic religious rites, including all types of sectarian and fraternal services, are never permitted in a Catholic cemetery This prohibition does not refer to civil or military honors. Statute 242 Priests are fez'bidden to officiate at a funer- al service in a cemetery, other than a Catholic one, except in those cases for which approval for such burial is granted in these Synodal Statutes or by special permission of the Ordin- ary. Statute 243 The laity are to be reminded frequently of their obligations in connection with Christian burial, and in particular they shall be warned against the purchase of burial rights in non- Catholic cemeteries. In the Church's cemeteries lie the bodies of many uncanonized saints. Of that we can be certain. Many are known only to God but that does not lessen thei~ sanc- tity or their place in Heaven or the anonymous honor we accord them. This is why the Church has established her cemeteries and has traditionally cared for them through centuries -- often a great expense. This is not a business proposition or a public service. Altars To Eternity It is a religous act -- the final physical act she can perform for her faithful children. The Church knows that death is not the end but the beginning of all things. We know it but some- times not as consciously as the Church. Those buried in our ceme- teries know it best of all. Thus our cemeteries stand, al- most as altars to eternity, where prayers go forth for some that may be speeded to the happiness of Heaven, and to others that they may intercede for us and direct us along the same path. Catholic [S :rated ,d :d