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.
Seventh Annual Christmas Sock Drive
A big heartfelt thank you to all who helped with our "Sock" drive this year. We collected over 520 items including socks, caps, gloves, scarves, and a few nice surprises. All items collected in our 7th annual Christmas Sock Drive at Holyrood Cemetery were boxed up and taken to Catholic Community Services of Snohomish County on Monday, December 22nd and will go to men, women, and children in need during this Christmas Season. CCS had given out their last pair and were thrilled to receive this donation to continue their service to people in the cold weather.
Second Annual Christmas Gift Drive for Children
We also extend a heartfelt Thank You to all who helped disadvantaged children by participating in Gethsemane Cemetery's 2nd Annual Christmas Gift Drive. Ornaments decorated the Christmas Tree in the Office with the name and age of a child in need of a gift. People were asked to take an ornament and return a wrapped gift to the cemetery. Catholic Community Services of Pierce County collected all of the gifts. We are pleased to say that all of the ornaments were taken which means a many children who otherwise may not have had a Christmas gift had Christmas present. Thank you.
Annual Commemoration of Deceased Priests and Permanent Deacons
Please join the Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle on Holy Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 11:00 am for the annual Commemoration of Deceased Priests and Permanent Deacons. This is an outdoor prayer service which calls us as a community to remember and give thanks to those men who lovingly gave of themselves to God and His people in ordained ministry. Following the service a simple lunch will be served. All are invited to join Archbishop Sartain in prayer.
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.