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Service for cremated remains planned at Catholic Cemeteries

Catholic Cemeteries will hold an ecumenical committal service for cremated remains kept by families for various reasons on Oct. 29 at St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery in Omaha.

In its fifth year, the service includes free inurnment of remains in the cemetery’s mausoleum, said Lance Zimmerman, family service manager.

"The service is for anyone who has cremated remains at home and needs to lay the loved one to rest," he said. "It’s a great opportunity to let go."

The 11 a.m. service will include prayers and a blessing by Deacon Steve Grandinetti, manager of ministry at Catholic Cemeteries, and each family will hand the remains of a loved one to cemetery staff to be placed in the mausoleum crypt.

As a memorial to the deceased, families also can purchase a 12-by-12-inch engraved paving stone to be placed in the cemetery’s prayer garden, adjacent to the mausoleum, Zimmerman said.

Generally, burial in a Catholic cemetery is reserved for Catholics and their family members, but this service is an act of charity, open to everyone, Zimmerman said.

Archbishop George J. Lucas requested that Catholic Cemeteries offer the service, and participation has grown each year, with 65 families taking part last year, Zimmerman said.

It’s held on a Saturday near All Souls Day, which is Nov. 2. Catholic Cemeteries is urging families to register for the service by Oct. 21 by calling 402-391-3711.

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