“Our true home is in heaven, and Jesus Christ, whose return we long for, will come from heaven to save us.” Philippians 3:20
Kateri Meadow Natural Burial Preserve at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery,
What is natural burial?
Natural burial is a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact. The body returns naturally to the earth, "For dust you are and to dust
you shall return," Genesis 3:19. Natural burial will appeal to environmentalists, those wishing for simpler funeral choices, or as an alternative to cremation.
What is Kateri Meadow?
This preserve is named for Kateri Tekakwitha (1658-1680), the beloved "Lily of the Mohawk," who lived a few miles away in Auriesville, NY. Kateri, who
will be canonized as the first Native American Saint in October 2012, is the patroness of the environment and ecology.
Kateri Meadow Natural Burial Preserve is a meadow landscape for natural burial. Only burial shrouds or natural biodegradable caskets can be used. Burial
vaults are not permitted. Embalming is not required. Memorials are limited to natural granite blocks supplied by the cemetery. The granite may be inscribed with the name of the deceased and dates of birth and death. Decorations are not permitted. Cremated remains are not allowed.
Can we have a wake, funeral mass, and committal service?
Through its funeral rites, the Church commends the dead to the merciful love of God and pleads for the forgiveness of their sins. When natural burial is chosen, the full course of the Order of Christian Funerals should still be celebrated, including the Vigil Service (wake), the Funeral Liturgy, and the Rite of Committal. The preservation of this order allows for the greater expression of our beliefs and values, especially, the sacredness of human life, the dignity of the individual person and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the firstborn of the dead.
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard blesses Kateri Meadow Natural Burial Preserve during
the September 13, 2012 dedication
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