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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, October 22, 2016 10:01 pm

Cemetery to add funeral home

Journal Gazette

A new funeral home will be built on Lake Avenue next year, the Catholic Cemetery Association announced.

After approval by the association’s board last week, the Divine Mercy Funeral Home, a 14,000-square-foot facility, will be built on the property of Catholic Cemetery, 3500 Lake Ave. It will house two visitation rooms, each with a personal family room; a crematorium and embalming facility; and the offices of Catholic Cemetery, a news release said.

“Divine Mercy Funeral Home will complete Catholic Cemetery’s mission in burying the dead and better allow us guide and comfort, in Catholic tradition, those who have lost someone they love,” said Casey Miller, Catholic Cemetery superintendent, in a statement. “This funeral home is a natural extension of the pastoral care that Catholic Cemetery has offered since 1873.”

An official groundbreaking ceremony is expected to take place late in February or early March, depending on the weather.

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese is pleased with the plan.

“In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we have focused on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, which include praying for and burying the dead and comforting those who mourn,” Rhoades said in a statement. “The focus on Divine Mercy will bring consolation to those who are grieving as we entrust the souls of the faithful departed to the mercy of God.”