Planning For A Catholic Burial

For the Catholic, burial in a Catholic cemetery is a witness of our faith and belief in the eventual resurrection of the body. Therefore, selecting Interment in a Catholic cemetery acknowledges a person or family's acceptance of this spiritual mission of the Church. When selecting a Catholic cemetery, each person recognizes the sacredness of the cemetery as the final fulfillment of our spiritual life on earth and our respect for the Church and its members.

  1. Burial in a Catholic cemetery is a privilege for the person of faith. Catholic cemeteries strive to maintain beautiful grounds and provide Christian service that is affordable for the family.
  2. Policies have been setup by the Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Phoenix to assist the survivors in preparing for burial in a Catholic cemetery.
  3. Ideally, arrangements for the Vigil, the Funeral Mass, and the Committal Service should be made first. Then, the cemetery arrangements should be made to be sure that the time and date requested is available. Finally, arrangements should be coordinated with the mortuary for time, casket and type of services.
  4. The authorized person(s) making at-need arrangements for the burial must do this in person, so as to avoid any misunderstanding or confusion.
  5. The day and hours of services are to be agreed upon by the cemetery, funeral director and the parish priest or minister, and then definite publication may be confirmed in the news media, church bulletin and the cemetery.
  6. When a Catholic cemetery is available, Catholics should be encouraged and urged to choose it for the burial of themselves and members of their families.


Non-Catholic relatives of Catholics are welcomed and encouraged to use the Catholic cemetery in order that families can be buried together.

Members of "communities not in full communion with the Catholic Church" may use a Catholic cemetery when such decision is made in keeping with Christian beliefs and practices of the individual or family (reference Directory for Application of the Principles and Norms of Ecumenism, March 25, 1993 by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, #137