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A Message From The Bishop

Dear Parishioner:

Scripture tells us that when Sarah, the wife of Abraham, had died in the land of Canaan, her husband performed the customary mourning rites for her. Then he addressed the people in these words: "Although I am a resident alien among you, sell me from your holdings a piece of property for a burial ground, that I may bury my dead wife" (Genesis 23:4).

Abraham wanted a permanent burial site as a personal  possession, a sacred spot. Abraham himself was buried in that family plot, as was their son, Isaac. It would appear that it is inherent in us to derive comfort from the thought of family members being together even in death.

In our Diocese of Cleveland, we have several beautiful cemeteries which bear witness to the Church's respect and abiding love for our departed family members. The Church has always treated burial as a religious rite and as a corporal work of mercy. I want to encourage you to visit our Catholic cemeteries and to pray for those who are buried and entombed there. I also urge you to talk with our Cemetery Family Service Representatives there in person, or by phone, to learn more about the services and care we provide. When a person plans for his or her own burial, it is an extension of faith in the resurrection and hope in the Lord.

When you meet with our Cemetery Family Service Representatives, whether it be at-need or pre-need, they will respond in a manner that reflects the trust placed in them. Their goal is to meet your needs in a compassionate manner with no unnecessary pressure or inducement.

Please consider our cemetery staff at your service for the planning of your family's cemetery needs.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Bishop Lennon
Bishop of Cleveland

Bishop Richard Lennon

Most Reverend Richard G. Lennon, Bishop of Cleveland

The Most Rev. Richard Gerard Lennon was installed as the 10th Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio on May 15, 2006.  His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Lennon to the leadership position over nearly 800,000 Catholics in eight counties of Northeast Ohio on April 4, 2006.

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