St. John the Baptist in Excelsior soon will break ground for a chapel mausoleum in its Resurrection Cemetery near Minnesota State Highway 7 in Shorewood. Christy Theis, cemetery sales coordinator and St. John parish secretary, said it is “the first and only chapel mausoleum in the southwest metro area.”
According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, above-ground burials accounted for about 30 percent of all burials in 2004 in the United States, Theis noted.
“By constructing a mausoleum, we are using less land space for the number of burials,” she said. “And we are also offering a chapel space for committal services during inclement weather for both in-ground burials and mausoleum burials. In addition, cremation is more popular now that the Catholic Church is more accepting of the practice. [snip] Catholic Spirit