Mausoleum crypts are available for above ground burial either in climate controlled buildings or outside garden buildings. Early Church history tells us the first mausoleum was built in 353 BC for King Mausolus, from whose name the word “mausoleum” was derived. Additionally, scripture tells us in Luke 23:52-54, that Joseph of Arimathea “went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. He then took it down, wrapped it in a shroud and put him in a tomb which was hewn in stone in which no one had yet been laid.”
Throughout the Church’s history, above ground, mausoleum-style entombment has been utilized. Early Christians were buried in the catacombs. In older churchyard cemeteries private mausoleums can be found, but because of their costs they were available only to the affluent.
Today, community mausoleum facilities make above ground burial surprisingly affordable. Mausoleum entombment is very comparable in cost to ground burial, and in many instances can be less.
The Court of the Apostles at Calvary, the St. Joseph Courtyard at historic St. Joseph/Holy Cross Cemeteries, and the Our Lady of Peace-Prince of Peace Mausoleum buildings are beautiful options for those who prefer above ground burial.
Beautiful ground burial options are available at all cemeteries. The sacred gardens are a place of hope where Catholic symbols are displayed with dignity and reverence. These quiet places are the perfect setting for private meditation, prayer, or a peaceful walk. There are a variety of memorialization options available. From flat grave markers to upright monuments and statuary, families can design meaningful and lasting tributes to loved ones.
Private mausoleum estates serve as an exclusive and lasting tribute to your family for many generations. Constructed from beautiful solid granite a variety of distinctively designed personal mausoleums are available and can provide for entombment of one to sixteen family members.
The family estates are unique and individualized tributes to you and your family. Estates can range from four spaces to hundreds – all in one beautiful location.
Many of the practices popular today such as scattering of the ashes or the keeping of them in places other than a Catholic cemetery are NOT in keeping with the Church’s long tradition of respectful care and the proper burial of the bodily remains of our deceased. Cremated remains should be buried or entombed in Catholic cemeteries according to the directives prescribed in the Christian Burial Guidelines of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Our Catholic cemeteries have garden areas for the ground burial of cremated remains, and granite niches are available in mausoleum buildings.