A Place Prepared

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

John 14:3

The Catholic Tradition teaches that Christians are citizens of two cities, one in heaven and one on earth. It’s a reminder that while we are here we are meant to take care of one another. But it also means that when we die we go home again, too.

No other place on earth better exemplifies this reality than a Catholic Cemetery. A Catholic cemetery, like a Catholic church, is consecrated ground. It is here that the earthly community bids farewell to one of their departed. And here that marks the starting point of that soul’s journey home.

This alone makes a Catholic cemetery different from others. Just as the tomb is not the end of the story for Christians, burial is only the beginning of what a Catholic cemetery is about. The dead are with Christ in the place he has prepared for them. A Catholic cemetery is for the living. It's a place where people gather to commit their loved ones to life eternal and to honor their life and memory. 

The Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society has been helping families prepare such a place for more than eight generations. We invite you to learn more than you thought you would ever care to know about the fascinating, sobering and ultimately comforting topic of burial and remembrance.

In that spirit, we also hope you’ll take a moment and contact our Family Service Counselors. We anticipate the opportunity to begin the process of preparing a place for the ultimate event in your life.

The Theology of Christian Death in the Funeral Rites from Liturgy Training Publications on Vimeo.