Death is an experience that touches us all. In the Events surrounding the loss of our loved ones, we Catholics demonstrate our faith and our hope in the Resurrection by the celebration of the Funeral Mass for the repose of the soul of the deceased and by the respect shown for the mortal remains.
In the Creed, we express as part of our faith belief in the Holy Spirit; the communion of saints; the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. A fitting testimony to our belief in the resurrection is our Catholic tradition of burying the deceased in consecrated grounds or mausolea. Catholic cemeteries also serve as an extension of our parish community, giving witness to the fact that our faith is perpetual and unbroken by death.
Here in Western New York, we are fortunate to have Catholic cemeteries staffed by understanding and compassionate individuals dedicated to assisting our people in time of need. It is my hope that the following pages will provide you with helpful information and remind you of the valuable services our cemeteries offer.
Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Th.D.
Bishop of Buffalo