The Columbarium at St. Michael Catholic Church
The word "columbarium" comes from the Latin and translates as "a compartmentalized house for doves," the gentle birds mentioned in Holy Scripture and recognized symbols of peace. Our Columbarium will be a place for reflection and remembrance, a part of our church's ongoing ministry to both the living and the dead. It will be a comfortable place, a place for family and friends to gather in love and remembrance -- a consoling link between life and death.
The Columbarium offers a modestly priced, aesthetically pleasing and ecologically sound alternative to burial. As an extension of the parish, it is solemnly blessed or "consecrated" by the Bishop or his delegate. With a soothing water feature and small garden, it will be a place to reflect and pray.
The Columbarium will be located at the north end of the worship space. The Columbarium grounds can be accessed directly through gates located on its eastern and western sides or directly from the Worship Space using the doors behind the Ambo. The Columbarium will be built in stages, with the original phase consisting of 4 walls with three sections in which niches can be places. Two walls have all three sections for a total of 120 niches. The other two walls have the middle section of 56 niches available. One of these walls is dedicated and reserved for Knights of Columbus and their families. These two walls can be expanded to the full 120 niches in the future. In addition, there are two partial walls in the current phase that will be built out as needed.
Inside the Columbarium area, there are memorial naming opportunities available including pavers and benches. Additional information on these items can be provided upon request.
The eligibility and administration of the Columbarium is outlined in a Policies Document below, or obtained in the Parish Office. A representative from the Columbarium will be happy to meet with you if you would like additional information on availability of niches. Appointments can be made through the Parish Office, 527-1037, ext. 19.