We give witness to Jesus Christ as the Resurrection and the Life of all through the dignified character of the burial rites that are performed here. Resurrection Cemetery is focused on showing respect to all who enter, both the living and the dead, and is truly a community cemetery open to all the Christian faithful and to those in the community in need of burial services.
We give both personal and Christian witness through the love and respect with which we treat those who are grieving and coping with death and loss. We seek always to provide an atmosphere that encourages visitation, enhances prayer, and keeps the faithful ever mindful of our enduring bond with those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith.
Through the beauty of our grounds, and through considered and thoughtful choice of environment enhancement, we create and maintain proper facilities for Christian burial, entombment and inurnment.
Resurrection Cemetery is open to the public from dawn to dusk every day. The main gate, if closed, is not locked, and can be opened as needed.
Resurrection Cemetery was established in 1928 by Fr. Thomas Cushen and is one of the relatively few Catholic Cemeteries which allow for non-Catholic burials. The wooded setting offers a place of privacy and quiet and is conveniently located in the west suburban metro at 5555 Covington Road, Shorewood MN 55331.
Resurrection Cemetery Sections
Section 1 This section provides for in-ground burials and children’s burial sites. These sites have allowance for above ground monuments. As this section was created in 1928 as the original cemetery, there are few remaining lots available.
Section 2 This section, opened in 1954, has a large quantity of in-ground standard burial sites available. Only flat-marker style monuments are allowable in this section. Both caskets and urns are allowed in these graves.
Section 3 This, our newest section, consists of our new Chapel Mausoleum complex, including our Chapel Mausoleum and columbarium. A Children’s Memorial Area, Meditation Trail and Stations of the Cross are in future plans. The Chapel Mausoleum consists of spaces for both casket burials (crypts) and cremation burials (niches).
Memorials and Floral Decorations
Comforting those who mourn is at the heart of our ministry. Taking care to provide a space that is peaceful and well-maintained honors our beloved dead and shows that we continue to care for them. As we continue to grow in numbers of burials, it is necessary to follow our existing regulations more consistently. It can be challenging as we more strictly enforce our rules, but our goal is to provide a peaceful, inviting space for all who visit.
- Decorating the grave with flowers is welcomed and encouraged. Such rituals help in the grieving process, and are a good opportunity to offer prayers for those who have died. In order to keep the lawn mowed and trimmed so as to be attractive for these visits, plants, artificial flowers, decorations or ornaments can only be present during the mowing season if they are in a plant stand or shepherds hook with a single post. Plant stands may be placed at grave sites after May 1st and must be removed by October 1st. Resurrection Cemetery cannot store stands over the winter months.
- Flowers, plants and decorations placed directly on graves will be removed and discarded before each mowing. Bouquets or artificial arrangements that are staked into the grave area will also be removed and discarded. Because of the danger of broken glass, glass containers are not permitted. Plantings are never permitted.
- From November 1st to March 31st, evergreen wreaths set on a wreath stand are welcomed and encouraged. Christmas trees are not permitted. Wreath stands are available from your local nursery.
- We understand that after decorating a grave, you may not be able to return to maintain the decoration. The parish provides the service of removing floral designs and flowers (natural or artificial) from the cemetery when, in our best judgment, they become unsightly or do not conform to cemetery regulations. Unfortunately, we do not have the facilities or resources to maintain or store such items, so anything that you do not want to be discarded should be kept in compliance with these regulations. The parish will not be responsible for items that are discarded.
- There are no floral or memorial displays permitted on the sidewalk surrounding or in the Mausoleum. If you would like to purchase a bronze vase to affix to the granite face of a niche or crypt, please email or call the Parish Office for pricing and to place an order.
The Rite of Christian Burial
The Christian meaning of death is revealed in the light of the Paschal mystery of the death and resurrection of Christ in whom resides our only hope. The Christian who dies in Christ Jesus is “away from the body and at home with the Lord.”183
For the Christian the day of death inaugurates, at the end of his sacramental life, the fulfillment of his new birth begun at Baptism, the definitive “conformity” to “the image of the Son” conferred by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and participation in the feast of the Kingdom which was anticipated in the Eucharist- even if final purifications are still necessary for him in order to be clothed with the nuptial garment. (The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1681-1682)
St. John the Baptist celebrates the mystery of our Salvation through Jesus Christ in the Mass of Christian Burial. If you wish to plan the funeral of a loved one here at St. John’s, please contact the parish office.