Orange Catholic Cemeteries

CEMETERY ARRANGEMENTS

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.

Before scheduling a committal or grave-side service contact our office at least 24 hours in advance. Cemetery and funeral pre-arrangements are strongly recommended and are available at cemetery offices.

 

Michael A. Wesner, Director

714-282-3101

714-282-4241 fax

mwesner@rcbo.org

 

Alma Ochoa, Associate Director of Administration

714-282-6102

aochoa@rcbo.org

 

Tim Porras, Manager of Advance Planning

714-282-6003

tporras@rcbo.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

The Catholic Church no longer forbids Catholics from choosing cremation. Today it is acceptable to choose cremation so long as the disposition is treated in the same dignity and respect as a full body burial with placement in a cemetery and provided cremation is not chosen for reasons contrary to Christian doctrine. 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

hidalgor@rcbo.org

 

Good Shepherd Cemetery

8301 Talbert Avenue

Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Kevin Haynes, Manager

714-847-8546

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

13280 Chapman Ave.

Garden Grove, CA 92840

Alma Ochoa, Manager

714-282-6012

aochoa@rcbo.org

Cemetery Office hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Visiting hours:

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ST

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. DST