MILWAUKEE — More than 100 people brought the cremated remains of family members to the All Souls Remembrance Mass celebrated by Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki, Nov. 2, at Holy Cross Cemetery, Milwaukee. The Mass, a joint effort of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Archdiocesan Catholic Cemeteries, was an opportunity for people who had not, for whatever reason, interred the remains of their loved ones to do so at this time.
Following Mass and the prayers of committal, the urns in which the ashes were stored were transferred to the Crypt of All Souls. Those in attendance paid their Final respects before the crypt was closed and the engraved front installed.
According to Dennis Fairbank, interim director of the Archdiocesan Catholic Cemeteries, the cremated remains of 60 people were placed in the crypt. Previously, three funeral homes had brought the cremated remains of 110 people to the cemetery, which have also been interred.
The Mass was celebrated eight days after the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released a document explaining Catholic teaching on burial and cremation.