The Columbarium is situated in the Crypt of the Cathedral. This is a sacred and restful environment where Masses are celebrated periodically for the repose of the souls of those who are interred in the Columbarium. It is also the final resting place for the bishops of Diocese of Menevia. There is also a dedicated Memorial Wall displaying Memorial Plaques for deceased family members who have been interred at other locations.
What exactly is a Columbarium?
A Columbarium is an arrangement of openings – either in a mausoleum, a room, or wall – into which an urn or other worthy vessel may be placed and which becomes as a permanent resting place. These openings typically measure 12 inches cubed i.e. 12 inches tall x 12 inches wide x 12 inches deep. These openings are called “niches.” The Columbarium in the Crypt is a walled wooden structure with each niche having a wooden door.
Who may be interred in the Columbarium?
The Columbarium is intended primarily for the use of the parishioners of St. Joseph’s Cathedral.
However, with the approval of the Columbarium Committee or the Parish Priest, Catholics from other Parishes or Catholics who have ties with the Cathedral may be interred there. In certain circumstances, the Purchaser may inter immediate family members who are not parishioners. This, however, is restricted to a spouse, parent, grandparent, sibling, child or grandchild of the Purchaser. The family member does not have to be Catholic.
My spouse is not a Catholic and I want to be buried with my spouse. Is there any provision whereby we can be placed in the same niche?
Yes. Each niche has the capacity to hold two urns. It is possible for your non-Catholic spouse to have a funeral rite in St. Joseph’s Cathedral prior to cremation. The second ceremony will then be arranged for a later date, for the ashes to be inured in your niche in the Columbarium. All funeral services, however, will be in accord with Roman Catholic rites.
What is the cost of a niche and Memorial plaque?
Please contact the Parish Office to details.