Cemeteries

CEMETERY ARRANGEMENTS

Funeral arrangements require 24-hour notice before scheduling a committal or grave-side service. Cemetery and funeral pre-arrangements are strongly recommended and are available at cemetery offices.

The Diocese of Orange owns and operates four active cemeteries to provide a sacred and dignified place of burial for our Catholic community. See our website for more information: www.occem.org.

 

CATHOLIC BURIAL TRADITIONS

Catholic families are strongly encouraged to select a Catholic cemetery for their burial needs, though it is permissible to choose a secular cemetery; just as we believe in the resurrection of the body, a Catholic cemetery bears witness to our belief and hope that life is eternal; as we recognize baptism and Confirmation as part of our faith, Christian burial in a Catholic cemetery is an equally important tradition of our faith.

The Catholic Funeral Plan helps families preserve and honor their Catholic traditions and family wishes by guiding the family through such traditions as our Christian Funeral Rites: The Vigil; The Funeral Liturgy; and The Committal. Contact Tim Porras at 888-543-5020 or tporras@rcbo.org for more information.

 

CREMATION AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

In May 1963, the Vatican lifted the prohibition forbidding Catholics from choosing cremation. Today it is acceptable to choose cremation as long as the disposition is treated in the same dignity and respect as a full body burial or placement in a cemetery. Scattering cremated remains over land or sea, or placement in one’s home or anywhere other than a cemetery, is not in keeping with Church teachings.

Non-Catholic members of a Catholic family may be buried in a Catholic cemetery, as the Church does not want to separate in death those who were together in life.

Decorations at the cemetery are limited to fresh-cut flowers only unless otherwise indicated. Special holiday and maintenance schedules will be posted at the cemetery office and on the website.

Memorialization or headstones are available at the cemetery office and are limited in size, shape and inscription or images. These regulations vary by location. Please inquire at the cemetery office for details.

 

ACTIVE CATHOLIC CEMETERIES

 

Ascension Cemetery

24754 Trabuco Road

Lake Forest, CA 92630

Rodolfo Hidalgo, Manager

949-837-1331

FAX 949-837-9013

rhidalgo@rcbo.org

 

Good Shepherd Cemetery

8301 Talbert Avenue

Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Kevin Haynes, Manager

714-837-1331

FAX 714-842-9979

khaynes@rcbo.org

 

Holy Sepulcher Cemetery

7845 East Santiago Canyon Road

Orange, CA 92669

Rene Acebal, Manager

714-532-6551

FAX 714-288-8441

racebal@rcbo.org

Cathedral Memorial Gardens

12141 Lewis Street

Garden Grove, CA 92640

Alma Ochoa, Manager

714-282-6012

aochoa@rcbo.org

 

Michael A. Wesner, Director

714-282-3101

FAX 714-282-4241

mwesner@rcbo.org

 

Alma Ochoa, Associate Director of Administration

714-282-6102

aochoa@rcbo.org

 

Office hours:

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Visiting hours:

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ST

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. DST