Monday, May 22, 2006

New Parish-built Cemetery Mausoleum to be First in Archdiocese

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.”
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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



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