“Planning Your Catholic Funeral” Seminars Set for Jay, Falmouth, and Portland

Free “Planning Your Catholic Funeral” seminars, offered by Maine Catholic Cemeteries, will be presented in Jay, Falmouth, and Portland in the coming weeks. The seminars provide information about planning a Catholic funeral, details on Catholic cemeteries in Maine, Church teaching on cremation, and the many benefits of pre-planning. The sessions will take place in:

St. Rose of Lima Church,1 Church St.
Monday, May 15, 1 p.m.

Holy Martyrs of North America Church, 266 Foreside Road
Tuesday, May 16, 1 p.m.

Deering Pavilion, 880 Forest Avenue
Thursday, May 18, 11 a.m.

Within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, there are 83 Catholic cemeteries, including seven diocesan-operated cemeteries: Calvary Cemetery in South Portland, Holy Cross Cemetery in Yarmouth, Notre Dame Cemetery in Springvale, St. Ignatius Cemetery in Sanford, St. Joseph and St. Mary cemeteries in Biddeford, and St. Peter Cemetery in Lewiston. The diocese also manages four parish cemeteries: Mount Hope Cemetery in Lewiston, St. Anne Cemetery in Lisbon, and Mount Calvary and Ss. Cyril & Methodius cemeteries in Lisbon Falls. Each diocesan-owned and managed cemetery has family advisors ready to assist you, whether you have recently lost a loved one or if you would like to make advance arrangements

“The loss of a loved one is never easy. It is why planning ahead is one of the most loving and responsible things you can do for your family,” said Jessica Letendre, director of Maine Catholic Cemeteries. “Our goal is to provide you with unwavering support, education, and resources to keep you strong and to ease your stress throughout the entire process. With our assistance, in planning for your family’s cemetery needs, you can provide peace of mind to yourself and your loved ones.”

For more information about Maine Catholic Cemeteries, visit www.portlanddiocese.org/cemeteries-funerals. In addition, you can also take advantage of Three Beliefs, a free guide for Maine Catholics that offers valuable assistance and information regarding end-of-life issues. To view the guide, visit www.portlanddiocese.org/threebeliefs.