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November 12, 2008
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
Q&A: Catholic funeral practices
By Roxanne King
“For dust you are, and to dust you shall return.” — Gen 3:19
Last week the Denver Catholic Register spoke with Deacon Charles Parker, director of the archdiocesan Office of Liturgy, about Catholic funeral practices.
Q: What does the Catholic Church teach about death?
Q: What does the Church say about care of the body after death?
Q: Both burial and cremation are permitted for Catholics. Which is the preferred option and why?
Q: Do cremated remains need to be buried?
Q: Why is it important not to scatter the remains?
Q: What are the three stations of a Catholic burial?
Q: What is and isn’t permitted regarding music for a Catholic funeral liturgy?
Q: Are all cemeteries blessed?
Q: Can non-Catholics be buried in a Catholic cemetery?
Q: What is one of the most frequent questions your office gets about Catholic funeral practices?
Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?