St. Mary's Church will assist your family in any way possible with a Mass of Christian Burial. However, we strongly suggest that family members visit with the funeral home of their choice to make their wishes known in regard to the funeral and internment. The funeral home will contact St. Mary's Church upon the death of a family member to begin discussion on scripture readings and other wishes of the family for the funeral Mass.
Staff members are also available to discuss burial in St. Mary's Cemetery. Please refer to the attached documents on this page to learn more about purchasing a burial space at St. Mary's Cemetery, including a price list (subject to change), as well as rules and regulations on memorial work and rules and regulations for St. Mary's Cemetery.
For more information on St. Mary's Cemetery call 830-997-9523 or come by the office at 307 W. Main St.
From the beginning of the Church, Catholic cemeteries have been an important and integral part of the Church's beliefs and rites. The “sensus fidelium” was to be buried together because they worshipped together in life. Thus, in the early days there is evidence of many Churches with a cemetery on the parish grounds.
Catholic cemeteries exist, from a doctrinal point of view, because of our belief in the resurrection of the body in some new shape or form at the end of time. Conversely, if there were no promise of resurrection and eternal life, there would be no need of Catholic cemeteries.
Canon Law designates two sacred places, a church and a cemetery. Church teaching and tradition recognizes Christian burial as a sacrament. The Church in her wisdom provides cemeteries to carry out the sacred religious ministry of the burial of the dead and the care of the resting-places of the faithful departed. The Catholic cemetery has a special status as a holy place where religious ceremonies are held, where people pray in a special way for those buried therein, and where the living find the consolation of faith in eternal life with God.