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Preserving Your Faith
Through Togetherness –

As a community of believers in Jesus Christ, even in death, our faith is unbroken. By making advance burial arrangements, you will have the assurance
of knowing that your beliefs will
continue while awaiting the Resurrection.

Why Should You Choose A
Catholic Cemetery?

The Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church defines only two places as being sacred: the Church building where Jesus resides in the tabernacle; and the Catholic Cemetery which is an expression of faith and an extension of the parish community. Catholic Cemeteries are both a consolation to the bereaved and an inspiration to the living.

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WHY CHOOSE A CATHOLIC CEMETERY?
* Committed to serving the Catholic faithful
* Respects the burial of the dead as a corporal work of mercy
* Extension of your church community
* Recognized by the Code of Canon Law of the Church as a sacred burial place
Click here to read a letter from the Bishop
Click here to visit the Diocese of Gary website
Click here to learn about our Spring Flower Decoration Program.
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Gary Diocesan Cemeteries: Vision Statement

The reverent Tradition of Catholic Cemeteries shall be extended to all areas of the Diocese of Gary.   These cemeteries will be considered by all as a vital part of the Catholic Faith as sacred places of Peace.

 

Gary Diocesan Cemeteries: Mission Statement

The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gary has entrusted to the Board of Directors of the Gary Diocesan Cemeteries and its employees the care of its cemeteries in Hammond, Michigan City and Merrillville. Our mission is to carry out the sacred religious function of the burial of the dead and the care of the final resting places of deceased Catholics. We shall be ever mindful of the sacredness of these grounds it will be our duty to perform this Corporal Work of Mercy in a compassionate and caring manner. We recognize that these Catholic cemeteries are an extension of the parish in that they provide a place of liturgical celebration and give witness that the Community of Faith is unbroken by death. We proclaim through our words, work, and example the sacredness of the human body, the belief in the Resurrection and the Christian virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity in the promise of eternal life.

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16 "Catholic Cemetery Counselors are available to meet with you and educate you on all your cemetery and funeral options, including cremation"


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17 A Catholic Cemetery Family Service Advisor, will explain and guide you through the preplanning process. They are someone you can trust and who will explain the options that are available for you. You will not be pressured into making any unnecessary purchases. Information on protecting yourself from future rising burial cost will also be made available for you.


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MAIN OFFICE: ST. JOHN - ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CEMETERY
PHONE: (219) 844-9475 FAX: (219) 844-3770 EMAIL: MWELSH@GARYCATHCEMS.COM

OFFICE HOURS
MONDAY - FRIDAY: 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. SATURDAY: 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.