Rite of Christian Burial
Since the body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic Church has always set aside ground that is blessed and consecrated by God for the specific purpose of providing Christians with a dignified and holy resting place. The sacred nature of cemeteries is directly related to the Church's belief in the resurrection of the body and the final consummation of the world.
Baptized Catholics may be buried in a Catholic cemetery. Non-practicing Catholics, or Catholics who may have joined another Christian denomination, also deserve the prayers of the Church. Likewise, Non-Catholic spouses and other family members of Catholics may be buried in a Catholic cemetery. Many Catholic cemeteries have a reserved area for the burial of unborn children.
A Catholic cemetery is a place that brings together a number of elements of the Church’s pastoral mission: the proclamation of the Gospel to arouse faith, examination of the reasons for belief, celebration of the Eucharist, integration of the church community and apostolic witness. Catholic cemeteries exist because of our belief in the resurrection of the body, in some new shape or form, at the end of time. If there was no promise of resurrection and eternal life, there would be no need for Catholic cemeteries. The Church provides cemeteries to carry out the sacred religious functions of burial and to care for the resting places of the deceased. Just as the human body deserves to be treated with respect and dignity in life, so should it be treated in death. As a place dedicated and/or blessed for the burial of the faithful, it becomes identified with the local church and gives witness to the faith of those who are buried as well as to the faith of their families.
As a sacred place, a Catholic cemetery is a place that serves the faithful and witnesses to the entire world the Good News of Jesus Christ and the hope we share in the resurrection. To this end, it is a place where the signs and symbols of our Catholic Faith are displayed with pride and reverence. The Catholic cemetery is the appropriate place for gathering in ritual prayer, such as the rites of committal for the dead and the celebration of the Eucharist on the Feast of All Souls. It is also a fitting place for private prayer and meditation.
Charlotte Area Catholic Cemeteries
- St Matthew Catholic Church – (704) 543-7677
- Sharon Memorial Park (cemeteries with Catholic designated areas) – (704) 537-5011
- Forest Lawn East, Matthews (cemeteries with Catholic designated areas) – (704) 846-1068
- North Lake Memorial Gardens, Huntersville (cemeteries with Catholic designated areas) – (704) 875-0757
Frequently Asked Questions
A Catholic Guide to end-of-life decisions.
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Both burial and cremation are permitted for Catholics. Which is the preferred option?
Charlotte, NC 28203
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