BACK TO THE BUSINESS OF LIFE: RESURRECTION CEMETERY

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.

READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.

5 Replies to “BACK TO THE BUSINESS OF LIFE: RESURRECTION CEMETERY”

  1. Ingrid Christensen says: Reply

    Thank you!

  2. Lisa Porter says: Reply

    Thanks! I needed that!

  3. HEATHER KING says: Reply

    And now, as of Thursday and Friday, I have been back to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Deep balm to my buffeted soul…Thanks, Ingrid and LIsa, so glad you liked it.

  4. K. Cassidy says: Reply

    I LOVED your piece on Resurrection Cemetery, although now, after saying that I am sorry that this is the Catholic Cemetery you chose to cover. My people are major “land owners” there – family, in-laws, cousins by the dozens, and friends. I have written to two Archbishops complaining about the “perpetual care” that is not happening. Like yourself, I find solace in the knowledge that my loved ones are close, and truly “in a better place” but I can not recommend Resurrection as a Cemetery to inter your loved ones.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Oh dear, K., I’m so sorry the Archdiocese is dropping the ball on perpetual care at Resurrection…I of course knew nothing of the politics of the place and wrote solely as a thirster-after communion with my brothers and sisters…also Resurrection was the closest Catholic cemetery to my apt in Pasadena. Anyway, the spirit there was lovely–and I’m not kidding, getting to use the ladies’ room there was one of the highlights of my day. May your loved ones rest in peace….

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