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Bishop Rhoades blesses, dedicates new Divine Mercy Funeral Home in Fort Wayne

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend pronounces a blessing on the new Divine Mercy Funeral Home, which now is open in Catholic Cemetery on Lake Avenue. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Mayor Tom Henry and others participate in the ribbon cutting Thursday to officially open the new Divine Mercy Funeral Home in Catholic Cemetery on Lake Avenue. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend sprinkles holy water Thursday in one of the visitation rooms at the new Divine Mercy Funeral Home in Catholic Cemetery on Lake Avenue. Rhoades walked throughout the facility to sprinkle holy water to bless the building. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
People chat in the lobby after the blessing and dedication Thursday of the new Divine Mercy Funeral Home in Catholic Cemetery on Lake Avenue. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
The Divine Mercy Funeral Home has two hearses and the ability to accommodate two viewings and funerals at the same time. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend blessed and dedicated the new Divine Mercy Funeral Home during ceremonies Thursday at the building, which is located in Catholic Cemetery at 3500 Lake Ave.

The diocese owns and paid for the construction of the approximately $3 million, 14,000-square-foot funeral home, which now is open and serving families. The building includes two large visitation rooms, each of which will have a room where family members can rest or relax; a crematorium; an embalming facility; and a casket selection area.

In remarks during the blessing of the funeral home, Rhoades said its mission focuses on two works of mercy — burying the dead and comforting those who have lost a loved one.

The funeral home will serve people of any faith and also will serve families whose loved one will be buried in a cemetery other than Catholic Cemetery, a cemetery official said previously.

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Divine Mercy Funeral Home will hold a public open house 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the facility, which is located in Catholic Cemetery, 3500 Lake Ave. Tours will be offered throughout the day and visitors will receive a small memento, while supplies last.

For more about Divine Mercy Funeral Home and Catholic Cemetery, go to www.divinemercyfuneralhome.com or call 1-260-426-2044.

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