Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:
Death has been much on everyone’s minds lately. Our own, possibly. The deaths of those who have fallen to COVID-19. Death in general.
Cemeteries were one of the first public places upon which restrictions were lifted. As of mid-May, the Archdiocese’s eleven Catholic cemeteries were open for visitation Monday through Saturday from 4 to 6, and Sundays from 8 to 6.
Meaning that you can now die, have a funeral and get buried in somewhat the same way as always.
That’s a comfort to many. And since the Communion of Saints—the spiritual union of the members of the Christian Church, living and the dead—is about as close to Mass as we can get now, last week I thought to visit Resurrection Cemetery in Rosemead.
I don’t know anyone who’s buried there, but that didn’t matter.