The new Queen of Angels Cremation Garden saw its first interment in December, at Queen of Heaven Cemetery on Tonawanda Creek Road in the Town of Lockport.
A statue of the Blessed Mother flanked by two trumpeting angels is the focal point of the new garden. It is located in the narrow central mall area near the entrance to the cemetery. The two double sided niche walls with 192 spaces for the placement of cremated remains complement this feature area.
The cremation garden also features monument and flush memorial cremation plots as well as memorial cremation benches. This addition further expands the burial options at the cemetery that serves Catholic families living in Southern Niagara and Northern Erie Counties.
Addressing the increased demand for cremation burial, Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo has added new options at several of their other cemeteries.
In the shadow of Our Lady of Victory Basilica, construction was completed on the Our Lady of Victory Burial Garden at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna. The first phase features a beautiful monument depicting Our Lady of Victory with niche walls on either side for the placement of cremated remains.
Each wall has 96 niche spaces. This beautiful feature is surrounded by single and multi-grave lots that allow for both monument and flush marker memorialization. Walkways surround the main feature and also throughout the rest of the section. The garden section has nearly 1,500 graves and more than 200 cremation plots.
St. Adalbert's Cemetery in Lancaster is honoring one of the Catholic Churches newest saints, with the addition of the St. John Paul II Columbarium and Burial Garden. Located in the center of the cemetery on the northern shore of the beautiful pond, this new section will eventually feature more than 1,000 graves with both monument and flush marker options. The Columbarium has 80 niches for the placement of 160 cremated remains. A beautiful bronze statue of St. John Paul II rests atop the columbarium.
Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kenmore is breathing new life and light into the beautiful old Ascension Chapel which can be visited near the Delaware Ave. entrance to the cemetery. Originally constructed in 1930, the Ascension Chapel has hosted numerous funeral Masses as well as offering a place of quiet contemplation.
Other new cremation options include new glass fronted niches at Holy Cross Mausoleum and cremation plots at the St. Barbara Memory Garden, both at Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.