Catholic Cemeteries: Response to Pope Francis’ Holy Year of Mercy

Catholic Cemeteries: Response to Pope Francis’ Holy Year of Mercy






By Kathy Fanger
Parish Outreach Coordinator

Pope Francis concluded his historic visit to the United States on Sunday.  He came as a spiritual leader and a prophet, meeting people from all walks of life. Our Holy Father challenged us all, including spiritual, governmental and global leaders, to recognize creation and the sacredness of human life as God’s gifts. He urged us to cooperate as a global community to care for our earth and the dignity of every individual, especially the poor.

• Pope declares Jubilee-A Holy Year of Mercy
An extraordinary Jubilee- a Holy Year of Mercy, begins Dec. 8, 2015 – Nov. 20, 2016. Pope Francis states, “Mercy is one of the major attributes of God. ‘Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.’” (Lk 6:36) He describes mercy as an “undeserved compassion shown to another person.  No one can be excluded from the mercy of God, and the Church is the house that welcomes all and refuses no one.”

• The faithful are called to ‘live mercy.’
Pope Francis calls us do our part in offering mercy to others by rediscovering the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.  (

• How Catholic Cemeteries ‘live mercy.’
Catholic Cemeteries responds to these spiritual and corporal works of mercy: visit the sick, comfort the afflicted, pray for the living and the dead, and bury the dead. We offer assistance and compassion before, during and after a death.  We provide sacred, peaceful resting places for Catholics, Christians and their family members.

Catholic Cemeteries is an extension of your parish. We exist to honor the legacy of your faith.  It is in our hope in the resurrection that we minister to you and care for the faithful departed.

Monthly memorial masses and Memorial Day and All Souls Day masses bring our faith community together to pray for our living and our dead.  We are reminded that “Life is changed, not ended” and one day we will be reunited with our loved ones in heaven.

Catholic Cemeteries offers free workshops in Planning a Christian Funeral, Advance Directives, Estate Planning, Questions at End of Life-A Catholic Perspective, Anointing of the Sick, Consolation of Grief during the Holidays, Having Faith during Difficult Times, Loneliness: A Time to Connect, A Retreat Day for Caregivers–A Time for You. We support parish bereavement and funeral ministers with training courses. To host a workshop in your parish, contact Kathy Fanger at 650-428-3730 x508 or

Gate of Heaven Cemetery Open House/Tours
22555 Cristo Rey Dr. Los Altos, CA 94024
October 10 from 10am – 2pmThere are 136 questions to answer when someone dies. Start the discussion at our Fall Open House. Pre-Need Counselors will be available to give tours, discuss burial options, pricing and no interest monthly payment plans and other special savings opportunities. Give the gift of peace of mind by pre-planning your funeral or that of a loved one. For more information, call 650-428-3730 or