Catholic Cemetery to provide free committal service for cremated remains Oct. 17

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Casey Miller

The Divine Mercy Funeral Home and Catholic Cemetery will provide free committal services and a final resting place for cremated remains in a special service Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, 3500 Lake Ave.

Under the Catholic Rite of Christian Burial, cremated remains are to be buried or placed in a marked mausoleum. Some families cannot afford to do so, however, choosing to keep loved ones’ remains at home. Although the deceased need not be Catholic, there must be some connection to the Catholic Church in order to participate in the Oct. 17 service.

“(This) is important to us because the committal service is a vital step in the grieving process and (in) allowing future generations of the family to pay tribute, remember and pray for the deceased,” Divine Mercy Executive Director Casey Miller said in a statement.

Msgr. Robert Schulte will officiate at the service, and burial will follow immediately. Families wishing to bury a cremated but at the cemetery for Christian burial should call the cemetery office at 426-2044 no later than Oct. 10 to schedule an appointment with a cemetery representative.

“It is part of our mission to carry out the works of mercy in burying the dead and (to) comfort, in Catholic tradition, those who have lost someone they loved,” stated Divine Mercy Managing Funeral Director Bob Jesch.

The cemetery and $3 million funeral home, which opened in 2017, are owned by the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. For more information, visit or