Gather Them Home

A FINAL RESTING PLACE

Join us on All Souls Day, November 2nd, for a community memorial service for the cremated remains of your loved ones. 

The final expression of our faith as Catholics is the blessed and sacred burial in a Catholic Cemetery. It is our opportunity to rest among fellow believers, awaiting the Resurrection to life everlasting. By burying the bodies of the faithful, we confirm our faith in the resurrection of the body, that death is not the end.  

Why Gather Them Home?

Gather Them Home is a no-cost mission put forth by the Archdiocese of Detroit Cemeteries to properly lay to rest the cremains of all loved ones who have gone before us. 

A Sanctuary for the Living

Catholic Cemeteries are an extension of our parishes; a place for prayer, reflection, hope and remembrance. The cemetery is a vital part of Catholic life, expressing our faith, reverence and respect for sacred burial on consecrated grounds.

Sharing the Journey

Our All Souls Day Community Memorial Service is a celebration of faith that enables loved ones and the community to mourn by focusing on the promise of everlasting life and the hope of Resurrection in Christ.

Caring and Compassionate

The loss of a loved one is always difficult. Celebrating the gift of faith with family and friends is an essential part of the healing process. We walk with you through this most difficult moment, ensuring that your wishes are fulfilled.

Join us on All Souls Day for a memorial service at one of the following locations:

9:00 a.m. Mass at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield 

Celebrant: Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron

11:00 a.m. Mass Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Brownstown  

Celebrant: Bishop Gerard Battersby 

2:00 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe  

Rev. Raymond Arwady, Rev. Timothy F. Babcock, Rev. David Burgard, Rev. Philip Ching

“We are encouraging the faithful to bring to our Catholic cemeteries the remains of their loved ones who have passed, in order to be entrusted to their final resting place.” 

 Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron

FAQs

Are Catholics allowed to cremate their loved ones? 

While there is a preference for traditional burial, as Christ was buried in the tomb, the Church has permitted cremation for over 50 years. Cremation should respect the human body and belief in the Resurrection.

Why should we not scatter cremated remains?

The Church teaches that cremated remains should be kept together (not scattered or divided) to respect the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit and preferably interred in the consecrated grounds of a Catholic Cemetery. 

I can’t come on November 2. Is there another time I can bring my cremated loved one to the cemetery?

Yes! Catholic Funeral & Cemetary Services does monthly internments for cremated remains. Contact CFCS to schedule a time: (734) 285-2155, fill out the contact form below, or visit cfcsDetroit.org  

Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Services (CFCS) is a Ministry of the Archdiocese of Detroit. We represent more than just another option for end-of-life services. We are your neighbors, and our love and support for the community begins within the parishes we serve and extends to all in our community.