The Catholic cemetery is the final resting place for the members of our Faith Community on our Journey to God. It is the gate of heaven. Burial in the consecrated ground of the Catholic cemetery allows you to share your faith values with future generations of your family. This legacy of faith is your gift to them. Catholic cemeteries are signs of hope that are places of prayer. They witness our faith in the Lord Jesus and the hope we share in his resurrection.
Our Catholic Cemeteries Invite You to Help Us Help Others
Holyrood Catholic Cemetery – Sock Drive
Holyrood Cemetery’s annual “Sock Drive” is underway and continues through Saturday, December 20th.
Donations of socks, mittens, gloves, hats, blankets, cash, etc. are being accepted for those who cannot afford the necessities we took for granted. These simple items are of particular demand in the cold winter months. All donations will be sent to Catholic Community Services of Snohomish County Donations of may be dropped off at the Holyrood Cemetery office, Monday through Saturday, 8:00am – 4:30 p.m.
Gethsemane Cemetery’s annual “Giving Tree” is up and is accepting donations of toys and gifts for needy children.
With the help of Catholic Community Services of Pierce County, Gethsemane Cemetery’s Giving Tree is decorated with ornaments that each hold the wish of a child in need. Each ornament will have the name, gender, and age of the child, as well as a gift that he or she wishes for Christmas. Please stop by and collect an ornament, and help us provide Christmas joy to those who need it most. Please return each gift, labelled with the child’s information, to Gethsemane Cemetery in Federal Way by December 17th. The ornament is yours to keep as a memento of our thanks.
“I assure you, as often as you did it for one of my least brothers, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40
ST. KATHARINE DREXEL SHRINE AT GETHSEMANE CEMETERY
St. Katharine Drexel
(photo from: www.katharinedrexel.org)
The new granite statue of St. Katharine Drexel has been installed at Gethsemane Cemetery. It is a beautiful tribute in memory of this loving woman and saint. We invite you to visit the cemetery and to offer your special prayers of intention to St. Katharine. The statue will be blessed by the Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle, on the Feast of All Saints/All Souls on Saturday, November 1, 2014.
Saint Katharine Drexel was born in 1858 into a prominent Philadelphia family. In 1891 St. Katharine founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. She dedicated her life and her significant family fortune to provide assistance and education to African American and Native American people. At the time of her death in 1955 there were more than 500 sisters teaching in 63 schools throughout the country. St. Katharine was beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 20, 1988.
St. Katharine’s work and ministry extended across the United States including the Archdiocese of Seattle. With funds provided by St. Katharine, St. George’s Industrial School opened in 1888 in what is now south Federal Way. Among those served were children of the Puyallup and Nisqually Tribes. While the school closed in 1936, Gethsemane Cemetery opened on the site in 1975.
Photo of the Holy Family
Assumption of Mary Columbarium – Calvary Cemetery
Calvary Cemetery, Seattle, is pleased to announce the long anticipated addition of the Assumption of Mary columbarium in the mausoleum. Construction is anticipated to begin soon. This columbarium will provide opportunities for the placement of cremated remains in the Assumption mausoleum corridor. Each niche also includes an integral cremation urn. The columbarium will feature a beautiful artistic depiction of Mary’s assumption into heaven using a fused color glass process.
Please click here to view an artist’s rendition.