Catholic Burial Options in NJ
Honoring Catholic Burial Traditions at Memorial Properties
The Catholic funeral service is rooted in centuries-old tradition. The most important aspect of Catholic funerals is that they focus on the deceased entering Heaven. These services celebrate Christ’s victory over death and suffering, with the deceased moving on to a better place, not of this Earth. Those of the Catholic faith are always welcomed at Memorial Properties. All of an individual’s or family’s needs will be met according to their Catholic faith when planning their burial in NJ. We understand the importance of tradition and religion in carrying loved ones through this trying time, so we will make sure to make your loved one’s Catholic burial as comforting and respectful as possible.
If you are in need of services related to sending a family member or loved one to the next life, we encourage you to explore one of our Catholic cemeteries or mausoleums in NJ. We ensure that all of our burials or cremated remains are treated with the utmost respect that is so deserved. We offer compassionate in-ground burial, above-ground burial, and cremation services, along with funeral and burial pre-planning, so that the individual needs and wishes of each family that works with us can be met. We understand the importance of respecting and honoring traditions, and we will work to make this difficult time easier for you.
Catholic Funeral and Burial Services In New Jersey
The first act of the Catholic funeral service is the wake. This is held for two or three days before the funeral itself. Here Catholics hold a vigil service to pray for the deceased’s soul, as well as give their eulogies, since these are not allowed during the mass. The funeral mass, the second part of the service, is traditionally held in a church, though sometimes it may also be held at the funeral home. Funerals are typically somber and respectful, and guests wear black clothing. Catholic funerals are usually not held on Sundays, as this day is reserved for regular church services. The final part of the Catholic funeral service is the Rite of Committal. The priest will come to the deceased’s final place of rest, where he will bless the burial and give the final rites.
After the funeral rites have been held, the funeral procession begins at the church and ends at the cemetery. Memorial Properties has many options regarding the funeral procession, including what vehicle you would like the casket to be carried in. We can also drive past an important religious or sentimental location to your loved one, so they can see it one last time during their final journey on Earth.
Catholic burials are traditionally in-ground, to model Jesus Christ’s entombment when he died. According to Catholic tradition, it is preferred that the body is buried among other Catholics, to celebrate and enforce the unity of their faith. Memorial Properties offers group burial programs for churches and religious organizations if you or your loved one wish to be buried with your religious family and friends. Many Catholics are also buried above-ground, which can be a more cost-effective option than an in-ground burial. Above-ground interments are usually in a community or private mausoleum, where the remains are stored in a dry place. You can choose to decorate the spot with religious items, sprinkle holy water, hold a prayer vigil, and more.
It is a common misconception that Catholics do not allow cremation. In fact, cremation is becoming an increasingly common practice. After the deceased is cremated, they are then memorialized either in-ground or above-ground in cremation niches. The Catholic Church stipulates that cremated ashes should not be scattered – rather, that they are entombed just like their religious brothers and sisters. We offer a special Community Bible Niche inside our chapel for those that want to be with others of the same religious faith.
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Catholic Burial Pre-Planning in New Jersey at Memorial Properties
Pre-planning your arrangements provides you and your loved ones with many benefits, and we are proud to offer this service to families of all religious and cultural backgrounds throughout NJ. When you pre-plan, you ensure that your personal wishes for your burial will be honored, while also taking this future planning burden off of your loved ones. They will never have to wonder whether they made the choices you would have made. This will also allow them to honor your memory without the stress of funeral and burial planning at an already difficult time. Funeral costs rise every year, and when you pre-plan today, you take away the future financial burden on your loved ones. Pre-planning with Memorial Properties also provides you with unique benefits, including a certificate of credit up to $1495 to put towards a burial space when you meet with a member of our team and an invaluable Family Records Portfolio. Today’s wisdom is tomorrow’s peace of mind – contact us to learn more about pre-planning or to get started today.
Respecting Catholic Holidays at Memorial Properties
Memorial Properties celebrates all major Catholic holidays, and we understand the desire to visit deceased loved ones on these important days. Families and friends deserve to be able to honor those they have lost all year long, and have a comforting place to visit where they can reflect on fond memories and pay their respects. We offer spacious grounds and parking space at all of our cemeteries so that the whole family can gather and pray at the gravesite of their ancestors. Among the Catholic holidays we respectfully celebrate are:
- All Souls Day
Cemeteries and Mausoleums in New Jersey
Those of all religious and cultural backgrounds are welcomed at Memorial Properties’ ten peaceful cemetery and mausoleum locations throughout New Jersey. Whether you are seeking an indoor or outdoor memorial, the final resting place of you or your loved one will be kept in pristine condition 365 days a year. Our locations offer peaceful and quiet places for reflection surrounded by natural beauty, and we are proud to provide a place to honor those you have lost for years to come. Our locations in NJ include:
Planning a Catholic Funeral Service in NJ with Memorial Properties
Catholic burials are an integral part of religious tradition, and Memorial Properties will do everything we can to honor this. Catholic funeral services celebrate not only the person’s life, but also their everlasting salvation with their savior Jesus Christ in Heaven. Given the many traditions and customs involved in a Catholic funeral, we recommend that you pre-plan your service with Memorial Properties and a religious official to make sure all of your family’s needs and requests are taken care of. Memorial Properties knows that this is a very sensitive time for your family, and we will do whatever we can to make this process easier. For more information about Catholic burials and our full range of burial services in NJ, please contact us by calling 732-820-0211 today.