The Catholic cemeteries of the Diocese of Grand Rapids are called to bury our loved ones in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church. We dedicate ourselves to the sacred religious function of the burial of our dead. We are committed to prayer and devotion for our deceased brothers and sisters. We proclaim through our words, work and example, the sacredness of the human body, belief in the resurrection of the body and everlasting life.
PLEASE READ re: Accessibility to St. Andrew Cemetery:
In 1971 Rev. Fr. John McGee started a campaign to raise the funds needed to fence in the sacred ground of St. Andrew Cemetery. The fence allows us to maintain control and supervision over the resting place of our family members and pioneers. We also have the responsibility to take every precaution to avoid and eliminate any dangerous conditions, which we also could not do without the security of a fence.
Recently we have had some unfortunate events by people with keys to the lock and we feel that it is now time, after many years, to have a registration system in place for the safety and security of the cemetery and the visitors.
If you have a family member buried within Saint Andrew Cemetery, you may get a new key by going to Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at 2000 Walker NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504 or Resurrection Cemetery at 4100 Clyde Park SW, Wyoming, Michigan 49509 during normal business hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thank you for your understanding.
~The Diocese of Grand Rapids Catholic Cemeteries
Catholic Burial Beliefs
- As people of faith our cemeteries have a special place in our beliefs, in our hearts and in our minds. These grounds are sacred places, held sacred by the Catholic Church and the faithful.
- For a Catholic, burial in a Catholic cemetery is a final act of faith, a public witness to one's membership in a community of faith; to one's belief in the resurrection of the body and everlasting life.
- Death as seen through the eyes of a Catholic is not the end. It is simply a natural passageway to everlasting life. Burial in a Catholic cemetery is a statement of continued belief in that everlasting life, even death, and a statement of our all pervading respect for life.
- Catholic cemeteries bear silent witness to the final resurrection. They are symbols of our faith, which tells us that life, while changed, does go on; it is not ended.
- Catholic cemeteries are a sacred place set aside by the Church for burial of our faithful loved ones, and non-Catholic members of our families. The bodies of those buried there rest under the watchful eye of the Bishop until the last day.
- Those buried there share a common belief in the sacredness of the body and the Resurrection of the dead. Catholic cemeteries are on sacred and consecrated ground.
- For those reasons, we encourage Catholics and their families to pre-arrange for burial in a Catholic cemetery.
- Catholic cemeteries are committed to serving Catholics and their families in providing a sacred place for the burial and honor of loved ones.
Photo credit: Gravestone, New York, CNS Photo by Gregory Shemitz.