Canon Law &  Cemetery Ministry

Canon Law

The Canon law of the Church states that the Catholic cemetery is a sacred place. The Catholic Church provides Catholic cemeteries to carry out the sacred religious functions of burial and to care for the resting places of the faithful departed.

Cemetery Ministry

The burial of the dead has always been recognized by the Church as a religious rite and a corporal work of mercy.

Many people are involved in this ministry: priests, deacons, religious, musicians, cemetery staff, funeral directors, funeral home staff, and parish members who assist the family, lead bereavement support groups, and support the faithful in praying for the dead.

The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned and burying the dead.(Catechism of the Catholic Church #2447)

Contact Us

Cemetary Office 

Pastoral Center

200 Military Road

P.O. Box 37

St. John’s, NL A1C 5H5

Tel: (709) 726-3660

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Linda O'Keefe

Tel: (709) 726-3660


Cemetery Operations Supervisor

Mr. Gordon Holden

Tel: (709) 730-8752


Cemetery Caretaker 

Mr. David Stack

Tel: (709) 691-6620