Located behind the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton, the Sacred Heart Columbarium is set in a landscaped, tranquil garden atmosphere, and provides an attractive location for grieving, prayer, reflection, and meditation.
A columbarium is an arrangement of openings, in a mausoleum or a wall, into which an urn or other worthy vessel containing earthly remains is placed as an enduring memorial to a loved one. The openings are covered with an inscribed plaque that acts as a memorial for the deceased and an attractive, practical alternative to burial in a cemetery.
Why choose a columbarium?
Those who choose a columbarium as a final resting place for a loved one may be influenced by the significance of:
- their loved one being laid to rest in the grounds of the church that they loved and served in life
- their loved one being near their church, perpetuating a rewarding and lifelong relationship
- the religious focus of the church as their final resting place
- the flexibility offered by cremation in the timing and planning of the final disposition of remains
- the simplicity of the liturgy involved in the placement of remains
- the proximity and convenience of visits by loved ones and periods of reflection
From a more practical level
- the fee for placement in a columbarium niche is less than interment in a cemetery
- increasing concerns about environmental effects, space issues and permanency of cemetery burial
- the placement of remains is provided in perpetuity with no time limits
For more information or to reserve a niche:
More information is available by contacting the Regional Business Manager at the Regional Office.
The Sacred Heart Cathedral is intended primarily for parishioners of any parish within the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, but not exclusively so. Approval can be granted by the Columbarium Committee to admit close family members or people of significance to the Diocese.
Yes, close family members are permitted to be placed within the Sacred Heart Columbarium - this includes spouse, parents, grandparents, siblings, children and grandchildren of the purchaser. However, all funeral services and rites are in accord with practices of the Roman Catholic Church.
Only one person may be placed in a Columbarium niche. Each family member must be placed in a separately purchased niche.
At the time of purchase, you will be issued a holder's certificate. We recommend this certificate be stored with your will or similar documents so that it can be presented to the Columbarium Committee at the appropriate time.
In order to maintain uniformity, consistency and order there is a standard and recommended way to inscribe the plaques. This is to avoid offending visitors to the Columbarium and maintain a suitable standard of decorum and reverence.
The Columbarium site is designed to be maintained in a beautiful, serene, holy and edifying manner. Additional floral tributes, flags, statues, or other decorations may not be placed on or near a niche, or any other location in the gardens, without the written approval of the Columbarium Committee. Unauthorised material will be removed.