Our Cemetery

Mission

The mission of Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Cemetery is to be an extension of the parish; to strive to create a religious environment by creating a peaceful and meditative atmosphere for the memorialization of the beloved dead.

THE ANGELUS MEMORIAL

The Angelus Memorial provides for the low cost entombment of miscarried babies, promoting healing and closure at a time of confusion and loss.  The Angelus Memorial can provide the:

  •          Pick-up of the baby’s remains by a licensed funeral director.
  •          Placement in provided casket.
  •          Entombment in a columbarium specifically reserved for miscarried babies.
  •          Engraving of baby’s name on columbarium.

Matthew 19:14  Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

*Under Michigan State Law, Your request for your child’s remains cannot be refused.

Definitions of Commonly Used Terms

  • Grave/Grave Space: A space of sufficient size to accommodate one human interment.
  • Lot: Numbered divisions as shown on the cemetery map which consists of one or more adjoining graves.
  • Plot/Lot Holder: The person or persons who hold the original “Certificate of Tenancy” to a given cemetery lot as recorded in the cemetery’s records.
  • Memorial: This term includes a monument, marker, tablet, headstone, private mausoleum or tomb for a family or individual use.
  • Markers: A memorial placed flush to the ground on a grave identifying a particular grave site.
  • Monument: A tombstone or memorial of granite or marble which will extend above the surface of the ground.
  • Niche: Above ground space for cremated remains inurnment.
  • Crypt: Above ground space for full body entombment.

Memorialization

  •  Memorials may be purchased from a monument company or funeral home.  Prices vary greatly, depending upon size and color of the memorial.
  • Obtain the cemetery Rules and Regulations concerning memorial from the Cemetery Office before beginning to shop for a memorial.
  • Foundations under monuments and markers are required in our cemetery.   Foundations are to be done  by    the Sexton of the cemetery.
  • To prevent inappropriate wording or design and to preserve the sacred character of a Catholic cemetery, some require prior approval of the memorial design.  Ask your cemetery representative for details.

Cremation    

  • Cremation by the Catholic Church has been allowed since 1963, provided that it does not demonstrate a denial of faith in the resurrection of the body (Code of Canon Law 1176 Sec 3).
  • The Church’s definite preference is for the burial of the body.
  • Cremated remains may be present at the funeral liturgy.  However, the church strongly recommends cremation take place after the funeral liturgy.
  • The Church requires that the ashes be treated with respect and charity, in faith and hope of the resurrection.
  • In answer to a common question – The practices of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires.
  •  The cremated remains are to be placed in a proper burial container for proper burial or a niche.   The bishops also instruct that there be an appropriate memorial plaque or stone whenever possible.
  • Please discuss with your Priest all your options before making a final decision.

Cemetery and Funeral Home Related fees

  • Purchase Price:  Of an interment space provides funds for the cemetery administration, record systems and endowed care.  ($700 a lot; $2000 for a Niche. Purchased from Cemetery)
  • Perpetual Care:  15 percent of the purchase price of the lot or niche is set aside to maintain the cemetery property. Paid to Diocese of Lansing by the Cemetery. Only the interest from this fund may be used.
  • Burial container:  A casket interment cannot be made without an outer burial container (vault) which prevents the grave from sinking and protects the casket from the earth load.  ($500 and up
  • Caskets:  Are supplied primarily through your local funeral director and are constructed of metal or wood.
  • Urns:  An urn is to be made of brass, marble or plastic.
  • You should check with your local licensed Michigan Funeral Director for their fees and services.  They are required to provide a written price list for services and goods.