The purpose of this page is to periodically update information on the St. Anthony cemetery development.
The following picture shows the extent of the undeveloped St. Anthony Church property in the green area between the two horizontal red lines to the north and to the south. In-between the property extends from the cleared highway easement on the east and the housing development and buildings (including the church buildings and parking lot) on the west.
The area containing fewer trees, designated by the letter C, is the location of the planned cemetery.
Aerial View of St. Anthony Church, Rectory, Education Center and Undeveloped Property
The aerial view shown below is a closeup of the planned cemetery area.
Closeup Aerial View of The Planned Cemetery Area
The following picture is a panorama view of the large clear area shown in the above aerial picture. The water tower is out of the picture to the left.
Panorama View of The Phase 1 Development Area
The above photo shows the large open area that was seen in the previous aerial view. This area, surrounded by large cedars, will be the focal point for the Phase 1 development. The Phase 1 development is shown in more detail in the following design plan.
St. Anthony Cemetery Design Plan
The above cemetery plan contains two phases:
Phase 1 area consists of:
1. A circular drive with parking between the columbarium area and the in-ground burial plots.
2. One initial columbarium with a walkway to it.
3. Room for columbarium expansion.
4. In-ground burial plots (170) that include an infant section.
Phase 2 area (south of the power line easement) consists of:
1. A road leading to the area with a circular drive.
2. In-ground burial plots.
The following figure shows the columbarium style we will be ordering.
Romanesque Style Columbarium Example
Our columbarium will have a four foot cross on top. The niche fronts will be Mesabi black and smooth with etched lettering.
The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults,
Chapter 13; Our Eternal Destiny, Christian Funerals section states:
"... Jesus, who walks with us through all our other events in life, is present at our funerals, the liturgy of the passage from death to eternal life. Arrangements for a funeral need to include a Mass and burial in a Catholic cemetery whenever possible.
It is preferable that the body be buried in a Catholic cemetery or columbarium (repository for cremated remains) consecrated for this purpose. We bury the body or the cremated remains of a person once washed with baptismal water, anointed with the oils of Confirmation and the Sacrament of the Sick, and nourished by the Eucharist."
Choosing A Catholic Cemetery.
When we are baptized, we are brought to a sacred place, a Catholic church, and baptized into the mystery of Christ's death and resurrection - thus giving us the promise of eternal life. When one of our loved ones die, we take them to another sacred place, a Catholic cemetery, for burial in sacred ground while they await the resurrection of the dead and the promise of eternal life.
Since death is a natural part of life, it is only fitting that the Catholic Church be present at the time of death. In the Preface of the Funeral Mass the words '...for your faithful people O Lord, life has changed not ended' are prayed. Death as seen through the eyes of a Christian is not the end, it is simply a natural passageway to a changed life with God. Burial in a Catholic cemetery is a statement of continued belief in that everlasting life, even in death.
Cemeteries hold the earthly remains of our family members and friends who have shared their love, fellowship and faith with us. Although a grave in a cemetery evokes sadness, a grave in a Catholic cemetery is also a sign of hope in God and His promise of everlasting life.
These two buttons will take you to the parish cemetery survey results and to a property information page showing an overview of St. Anthony property with maps, satellite views and pictures from walking through the property. In addition, there is a link to a page describing, in more detail, why the cemetery area location was selected.