Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The St. Francis of Assisi Memorial Garden is a place of great faith, a place of tender rest, a gathering place, a place for celebration.  The Garden which is located in the courtyard between Clare Hall and the pastoral offices houses our parish Columbarium and Memorial Wall.  The Columbarium which was constructed and dedicated along with our church in 1996 holds the cremated remains of our deceased loved ones.  Each niche can accommodate one or two burial urns.  For our young families who are faced with the tragedy of a miscarriage, a stillbirth, or the death of a child, a number of infant niches are available.  Our Memorial Wall displays plaques which are inscribed with the names of St. Francis parishioners who are buried elsewhere as well as names of our parishioners’ deceased family members.  Some of those memorialized on the wall have been interred at the St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery, located within Raleigh Memorial Park.

Our Memorial Garden is a reminder to our community of the mystery of life and death and resurrection just as the Eucharist we celebrate each week reminds us of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and our own life, death and resurrection. As we pass through the Garden each Sunday on our way to Mass, we come through death to life, through the Garden to the waters of Baptism and the table of the Eucharist.  We are travelers passing through, incorporated into the body of Christ, one day to be united with him and with those we love, never to die again.

Due to the rising cost of maintaining our parish Columbarium and Memorial Garden, the Columbarium committee of the parish finds it necessary to raise the price charged for niches and memorial plaques.  This increase will become effective January 1, 2012.

For those registered at St. Francis or in the Diocese of Raleigh, the price increase will be:

Single niche:  from the current price of $4000 to $5000
Double niche:  from the current price of $5000 to $6000
Memorial plaque:  from the current price of $800 to $1000
Infant niche:  no increase; the price will remain $800

For St. Francis parish stewards, the price increase will be:
Single niche:  from the current price of $2000 to $2500
Double niche:  from the current price of $2500 to $3000
Memorial plaque:  from the current price of $400 to $500
Infant niche:  no increase; the price will remain $400

 If you wish to purchase a niche or a memorial plaque, please contact Joan Port at 847-8205×249.

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark