Wreaths Across America and Anticipation in Advent
Wreaths Across America Remembers Fallen Service Members on December 16
Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis is proud to participate again in National Wreaths Across America Day. This annual event is organized by Wreaths Across America, who works to remember fallen members and veterans of the armed forces, honor those who serve, and teach the next generation the value of freedom.
This year, National Wreaths Across America Day takes place on Saturday, December 16, at more than 4,000 locations across the country, at sea, and abroad. At our own Resurrection Cemetery, 6901 Mackenzie Road, the event begins at 11 a.m. Remembrance wreaths will be placed on veterans’ gravesites, and the name of each veteran interred there will be read aloud.
Wreaths Across America provides the remembrance wreaths through donations, and volunteers place the wreaths. For information about sponsoring wreaths or volunteering, please visit the Wreaths Across America site at this link. Sign ups for wreath sponsorships will be accepted until November 24.
In addition to the ceremony at Resurrection Cemetery, wreaths can be arranged for veterans interred at Calvary Cemetery. These wreaths will be available for pickup at Resurrection Cemetery on December 16, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
New Video: Catholic Cemeteries Connect the Communion of Saints
“I maintain a connection with my loved ones by coming here.”
Visiting loved ones interred or entombed at a Catholic cemetery is an opportunity for remembering, forgiving, healing, and thanksgiving. As we acknowledge the transition of our loved ones into everlasting life, we faithfully proclaim the blessed hope of the resurrection.
Watch our latest short film, “A Time to Remember”, to see how our sacred grounds offer a bridge connecting all members of the communion of saints.
Anticipating the Blessed Hope during Advent
December 3 brings the start of Advent, when we prepare to joyfully remember the Lord’s birth as one of us. This season is also for preparing to meet the Lord upon our passing or when He comes again.
Prayer is an integral part of this preparation, and our 17 Catholic cemeteries across the Archdiocese of St. Louis are fitting places for prayer. Our sacred grounds draw our attention to eternity, inviting us into conversation with the Lord - both on our behalf and for the souls in purgatory who await heaven.
This Advent, visit one of our locations to enkindle anew your joyful anticipation of the blessed hope, “the appearance of the glory of the great God and our savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).