WELCOME TO THE PARISH CEMETERY
There comes a time in every person's life when they must pass into the loving arms of God. Those of us who remain are left to mourn the passing of those who have gone before us.
When a death occurs, one of the Bereavement Team members makes a visit to the local funeral homes, letting the bereaved know that they have support and prayers of their St. Michael the Archangel Parish family. The Bereavement Ministry conducts the casket closing service at the funeral home before the body is transferred to the Church. When death occurs outside the Parish boundaries, contact is made with the local relative of the deceased.
Sometime later, when the activity that the funeral creates has ceased, and the bereaved may be alone, the ministry sends a note and booklet. A member of the Bereavement Ministry Team maintains contact with the family member of the deceased for one year. An annual “Mass of Remembrance” occurs in January for families who have lost a loved one the previous year. This Mass provides the opportunity for families to come together to continue the healing process. The Mass is followed by a breakfast.
Cemeteries hold the earthly remains of our family members and friends who have shared their love, fellowship and faith with us. Although a grave evokes sadness, a grave in a Catholic cemetery is also a sign of hope in God and His promise of everlasting life.
Cemetery improvement donations will assist in making sure that our Cemetery is properly cared for into the future. Any Donations, Memorials or Bequests to St. Michael the Archangel Parish Cemetery Improvement Fund will assist with the continued development of the Cemetery and are greatly appreciated. If you would like to donate, please print the form below and place in the collection basket or return to the Parish Office.
Questions or comments may be directed to:
Board of Managers President,
Marvin Stechschulte firstname.lastname@example.org, 419-423-1047.
St. Michael the Archangel Parish Catholic Cemetery is located in the northeast corner of the I-75 and SR 12 (West Main Cross Street) interchange in Findlay, Ohio. The entrance to the Catholic Cemetery is at the end of Durrell Street (highlighted in bright green) off of West Main Cross Street. Also indicated by a pink block is the Downtown St. Michael Church.
We would like to encourage pre-arrangement of cemetery needs. Similar to preparing a will, it is a wise, compassionate and responsible act. There are many advantages to pre-arrangement:
Cemetery pre-arrangements are handled through the church via the Board of Managers
Funeral home pre-arrangements can be handled at the funeral home of your choice.
Cemetery stones are available for purchase at many locations and visiting their showrooms and websites can be very helpful. Sometimes walking through cemeteries and looking at other stones for ideas is the best way to design your own memorial.
Crates Brothers Memorials
205 West Sandusky Street
National Memorial Stone Company
1121 West Main Cross Street
Delphos Granite Works
201 East First Street
Local Authorized Delphos Granite Works Dealer
7102 Twp. Road 243
The Fostoria Monument Company
701 Van Buren Street
What is a columbarium? A columbarium is a structure that is used to house the cremated remains of individuals. The cremated remains are placed into a niche within the columbarium. The columbarium at St. Michael Cemetery has 124 niches.
The columbarium has been installed to prolong the life of the cemetery. The long range plans are to install additional columbariums when additional niches are required.
Cremation has been permitted by the Catholic Church since 1963. Scattering cremated remains on the ground, on the sea, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition that the Catholic Church requires. Burial in a columbarium or in a family grave in a cemetery is the approved method for final disposition of the cremated remains.
A significant donation from the Estate of Mary Jo Urschalitz made it possible for the installation of the columbarium.
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If you are interested in purchasing a niche or learning more about the columbarium, please call:
Marvin Stechschulte email@example.com, 419-423-1047,
John Demuth, 419-422-7218, or the Parish Office, 419-422-2646.
Does the Catholic Church permit the body of the faithfully departed to be cremated?
Yes, since Vatican II the church does allow the cremation option under certain circumstances and understandings. In Canon 1176 paragraph 3 it is written; “The church earnestly recommends that the pious custom of burying the bodies of the deceased be observed; nevertheless, the Church does not prohibit cremation unless it was chosen for reasons contrary to Christian doctrine.
IN MEMORY OF BABIES BORN INTO HEAVEN
The Human Life Committee understands that for varied reasons not every miscarried infant has received a burial, and because of this, offers families who have experienced a pregnancy loss the opportunity to honor their lost infant. In order to allow families some measure of closure, a monument engraved “In Memory Of Babies Born Into Heaven” has been erected in St. Michael’s Cemetery next to the existing Memorial for the Unborn. This memorial is for any family who has suffered a pregnancy loss – no matter at what stage or how long ago it occurred. Since most miscarriages occur very early in the pregnancy the baby’s gender is usually unknown. Sometimes the family has a “feeling” about whether the baby was a boy or a girl, and they would have the name selected and engraved based on that intuition. If a name was never selected, families may want to consider a combination of saint names for the baby, such as Catherine Joseph Jones or Thomas Therese Smith. Anyone wishing to have their baby’s name engraved on the monument should complete the included form and return it to the Parish Office, along with a check payable to St. Michael Parish. Names submitted for engraving will be sent to the engraver on the 2nd Friday of each month. It may take up to 2 weeks for the engraver to add the name to the monument. In addition, we would like to inform parishioners of free services available to Hancock County residents, so that all miscarried infants – no matter how early they are lost during the pregnancy – and stillborn infants will receive a proper burial.
2014 Pricing - $125.00 per name
Miscarriages and stillbirths frequently occur when there are no assets available to pay for funeral or burial expenses. Coldren-Crates Funeral Homes and Knollcrest Cemetery recognize that the survivors have the same needs as those who experience any other death. For this reason, they offer Hancock County residents a free service to honor a family’s miscarried or stillborn infant. The complete policy is on file at the Parish Office; the combined Coldren-Crates and Knollcrest service offering includes:
We would like to extend a special Thank You to the following people for making this offering possible:
BOARD OF MANAGERS
Fr. Michael G. Hohenbrink
The Bereavement Ministry is the quiet ministry at St. Michael Parish that responds in time of sadness – when a loved one has passed on – when life may seem a bit unreal – when comfort is needed, but still may be inadequate – at a time when there may be no right words.
It’s a ministry that serves great need. Meetings are held on the fourth Monday in January, March, May, August, October, and on the first Monday in December from 7:00 to 8:00 PM in the Teachers’ Lounge at St. Michael School and Formation Center.
When a death occurs, one of the members makes a visit to the local funeral homes, making St. Michael’s presence known, letting the bereaved know that we at St. Michael Parish do care and that the bereaved has our support and prayer. The ministry conducts the casket closing service at the funeral parlor before the body is transferred to the church. When death occurs outside of parish boundaries contact is made with the bereaved local relative.
Sometime later, when the activity that the funeral creates has ceased, and the friends and relatives have gone, and the bereaved may be alone, the ministry sends a note and booklet. A member of the ministry maintains contact with the local family member of the deceased for one year. An annual Mass and breakfast are held in January at 8:00 AM in the main church for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Come and heal together: everyone is welcome.
St. Michael Parish also has materials available on grief and healing. A rack is located in the hallway outside the Parish Office containing pamphlets free for anyone to take. There is also a section of books available in the Parish library. Please feel free to speak with a secretary in the office about checking out a book.
For further information call Mel Householder at 419-423-9357.
RESOURCES FOR BEREAVED FAMILIES
There are many resources and services available to parents who have experienced the loss of a child. In addition to the parish Bereavement Ministry, here are several services highlighted in the American Life League’s Celebrate Life publication (Jan/Feb 2012) and The Word Among Us (July/August 2012):
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