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A columbarium is a place to inter the cremated remains of individuals, much like a burial plot is used to inter non-cremated remains. Many people today are turning to cremation as an alternative to a full burial, and in recent years interment at a cemetery in a columbarium is becoming more common.

Our columbia consists of three granite units with 120 niches in total, in five walls of 24 niches each.  The space will be enhanced with appropriate landscaping, providing space for prayer and reflection.  Only one urn with cremated remains is permitted within a niche.  The door of each niche will be engraved by Ketterhagen Memorials in a standard style and font.  An engraved military emblem will be available for veterans.

Acquisition of columbarium niches is open to members of any faith.  Non-parishioners are always welcome.  Parishioner rates apply to members of St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Clare.

Niche for a Parishioner                   $1000
Niche for a Non-parishioner         $1500
Cemetery administration fee       $150

Ketterhagen Memorials (beginning 6/1/2022)
Engraving:  $235
Opening & sealing niche |  Weekday:  $125 | Weekend:  $175

Niche Purchase Inquiries
Contact Terry Ritchey at the Parish Office at 262-534-2255 or e-mail her at


What does the Church teach about cremation?
In 1963 the Vatican’s Holy Office lifted the ban forbidding Catholics from choosing cremation.  This permission was incorporated into the revised Canon Law of 1983 as well as in the Order of Christian funerals.

The following statement from the Congregation of Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments clearly indicates the position of the Church on the matter of cremation:
The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they come.  This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried, the care and attention to appropriate placement and transport, and the final disposition.
The cremated remains should be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium.  The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground… are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires.  Division or storage of cremated remains are also discouraged.

*Columbarium is the singular term.  Columbaria is the plural term.



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