WINTER GUIDELINES FOR DIOCESAN CEMETERIES:

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All potted plants, empty pots and containers must be removed from Trinity, Calvary, Gate of Heaven and Mary, Queen of Peace Cemeteries by Oct. 31st. Winter decorations and holiday wreaths are permitted after Nov. 1st.

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MONTHLY MASSES AT GATE OF HEAVEN:

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Mass is celebrated every month on the third Saturday at 9 a.m. at Gate of Heaven Cemetery Chapel, 5711 West Lake Rd. Please call 838-7724 to check for schedule changes.

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What you need to know about planning a Catholic Funeral Mass & Burial Service

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Nothing can take away the pain we feel when confronting death, but immense comfort can be drawn from the Catholic funeral liturgy and its accompanying traditions. Catholic funeral rites incorporate Scripture, ritual, and symbol to help express beliefs about life, death and the afterlife, and how they are entwined. In the Catholic funeral tradition we not only comfort the bereaved, but we pray as well for the deceased. The Catholic Church teaches, "Though separated from the living, the dead are still at one with the community of believers on earth and benefit from their prayers and intercessions"

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(Order of Christian Funerals, No. 6)

Sometimes a parishioner has been involved in parish and other activities that a new minister may not be aware. Some of the tips in the link on writing an obituary also has guidelines for a life story. A document of this would be helpful to a new or even the present minister as it would give him valuable information.

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Maybe someone in your family is the historian or geneaologist and has that information. If not, now may be the time to record your family history and have a facinating hobby of tracing your family tree.

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The Historical Society of Erie County

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Genealogical Society of PA

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Erie Society for Genealogical Research

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Computer Users of Erie

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Any of these links can get you started.

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Lou Cioccio