All potted plants, empty pots and containers must be removed from Trinity, Calvary, Gate of Heaven and Mary, Queen of Peace Cemeteries by Oct. 31st. Winter decorations and holiday wreaths are permitted after Nov. 1st.


Mass is celebrated every month on the third Saturday at 9 a.m. at Gate of Heaven Cemetery Chapel, 5711 West Lake Rd. Please call 838-7724 to check for schedule changes.

What you need to know about planning a Catholic Funeral Mass & Burial Service

Nothing can take away the pain we feel when confronting death, but immense comfort can be drawn from the Catholic funeral liturgy and its accompanying traditions. Catholic funeral rites incorporate Scripture, ritual, and symbol to help express beliefs about life, death and the afterlife, and how they are entwined. In the Catholic funeral tradition we not only comfort the bereaved, but we pray as well for the deceased. The Catholic Church teaches, "Though separated from the living, the dead are still at one with the community of believers on earth and benefit from their prayers and intercessions"

(Order of Christian Funerals, No. 6)
When death occurs, what is done first?

How is the funeral ceremony planned?

What about related Ceremonies?

How can friends and family be best supported in their time of grief?

A guide for writing an Obituary

Writing your Life Story

What you may or may not know.

Cremation in the Catholic Church.

Liturgical Words of Rememberance.

Diocese of Erie Policy on Words of Rememberence.

Planning the Vigil Service.
Sometimes a parishioner has been involved in parish and other activities that a new minister may not be aware. Some of the tips in the link on writing an obituary also has guidelines for a life story. A document of this would be helpful to a new or even the present minister as it would give him valuable information.

Maybe someone in your family is the historian or geneaologist and has that information. If not, now may be the time to record your family history and have a facinating hobby of tracing your family tree.

The Historical Society of Erie County

Genealogical Society of PA

Erie Society for Genealogical Research

Computer Users of Erie

Any of these links can get you started.

Lou Cioccio
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