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Mother of Mercy Chapel and Crematorium offers the Catholic
community the option to choose cremation within a Catholic
context and to celebrate the Eucharist in the presence of the
body of the deceased. Of course, the preferred option of a
funeral Mass in the Parish of the deceased is to be encouraged.
the “Mary, Mother of Mercy” chapel at the College of Propaganda
Fide in Rome the new Mary, Mother of
Mercy Chapel is designed to promote reverence and
peace and will accommodate 160-seated persons, with additional
space for larger gatherings.
the chapel is a condolence lounge where families will have the
option of taking refreshments after the committal service. This
area is designed to have a comfortable and homely atmosphere.
modern architecture of the building, featuring the latest
and technology, includes religious artworks created
specifically for the complex. The site has been professionally
landscaped and includes external garden seating within a
tranquil setting. Columbaria for the interment of cremated
remains have been incorporated into the landscape.
cremation, the family may choose the final resting place for the
cremated remains of their loved one. A number of options are
available and include interment in the surrounding columbaria or
in the family grave in any of the Catholic cemeteries.
options for memorialising the deceased are available. These will
provide a focus for future remembrance and prayer.
The chapel and
crematorium complex will be blessed by Cardinal Pell and opened
in February 2007. The Archbishop has been very supportive of the
project and has assisted the Board in achieving this milestone.
The Mary, Mother of
Mercy Chapel and Crematorium is the
first Catholic crematorium constructed in the Southern
Burial in a Catholic cemetery recognises
baptismal commitment and gives witness, even in death, to our
belief in the resurrection.
With the completion of the Mary, Mother of
Mercy Chapel and Crematorium the Catholic Cemetery can provide -
the liturgical rites
appropriate for cremation in a distinctive Catholic chapel
an opportunity for those who
desire to celebrate the Eucharist with the cremation in the same
chapel. Other families may choose for the Mass to be celebrated
in the local parish church.
the cremated remains of the
deceased interred and memorialised in the Catholic cemetery.
The whole religious experience can therefore
be conducted within a Catholic context.