Cremation

The code of Canon Law 1176 section 3 states:
 
“The Church earnestly recommends that the pious custom of burying the bodies of the deceased be observed, nevertheless the Church does not prohibit cremation unless it was chosen for reasons contrary to Christian doctrine.”
 
When cremation is chosen, the Church does encourage that the funeral Mass be celebrated with the body present. Cremation could then follow the Mass. However, since this is not always possible, the Church does provide an option of the funeral Mass in the presence of cremated remains of the body.
 
In keeping with the sacred nature of the cremated remains of the body, the Church asks that they be treated in the same way as the full body. This includes burial of cremated remains in a a cemetery. Scattering or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend are not the reverent disposition that the Church suggests.
 
Questions about cremations should be discussed with the pastor.