The Cemetery, like the parish church and school, is a vital part of
Catholic life. There is a Catholic Cemetery or Mausoleum located within
convenient reach of every Catholic family in the Archdiocese.
We proclaim through our ministry, as an extension of the parish:
- the sacredness of the human body
- the virtue of hope through a belief in the resurrection of the dead
- our dedication to strengthening the faith of the family as Church
"Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again!"
The final expression of our faith as Catholics is the blessed and sacred
burial in a Catholic cemetery. It is our opportunity to rest among fellow
believers, awaiting the resurrection to life everlasting in union with
Burial in a Catholic Cemetery is an act of reverence and respect for
the body which has housed our soul during our life in fellowship with
Heavenly glory is the destiny for which God
intends us. Death is not the end, but a rite of passage
to eternal life, to full union with God.
It is the sacred right, privilege and loving duty of every Catholic
to choose such a burial. The reverence and devotion bestowed upon the
body of the departed Christians are founded upon the doctrine of the
resurrection of the body, according to which the body is destined, with
the soul to enjoy eternal happiness in heaven. As the temple of the Holy
Spirit, it is fitting that it be honorably and reverently buried in a
safe and becoming place set aside for the interment and entombment of
Death inevitably brings with it feelings of loss and sadness for family
and friends. During this time of grief, unexpected pressures can often
result in hasty decisions which may be contrary to the faith and wishes
of the deceased.
Heavenly glory is the destiny for which God intends us. We are taught
that death is not the end, but a rite of passage to eternal life, to
full union with God.
Catholic cemeteries, as a responsibility of the Church, assure loving
and respectful care that can be expected to endure long after that of
cemeteries under private or commercial auspices.
Our Catholic cemeteries and mausoleums are maintained with all the care
the Church can provide. The beautiful surroundings pay tribute to those
who have been laid to rest, and give a sense of peace to family and friends.
Our Cemeteries are a place of devotion and prayer for the souls of the
departed, serving Catholics and non-Catholic members of Catholic families.
Catholic Cemeteries alone provide full Catholic burial services.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles Catholic Cemeteries Department is comprised
of 11 active cemetery locations within the five pastoral regions and the
Crypt Mausoleum of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
Many of our Cemeteries have mortuary facilities located within the cemetery
grounds. These mortuaries are operated by Catholic Mortuaries, a subsidiary
of Stewart Enterprises, Inc.