Columbarium

Due to the increased demand for cremation, St. Stephen’s Catholic Church added a Columbarium to Calvary Cemetery in Anoka, MN.

A dedication took place Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015 following 9:00 a.m. Mass at the cemetery.  Fr. Joah Ellis, assisted by Fr. Kevin Manthey, blessed the new columbarium.

Projections indicate that more than 70 percent of Minnesotans will be choosing cremation by the year 2030.

Purchase a single or double niche now at 2015 pricing before the prices go up June 1, 2019. Visit Calvary Cemetery off West Highway 10 and Thurston Avenue in Anoka.

A columbarium is a permanent structure made up of spaces or niches where family members can place urns containing the ashes (or cremated remains) of cremated loved ones. The word “columbarium” is derived from the Latin term “columba,” meaning “dwelling place of a dove.” The dove, of course, has long symbolized in Christian tradition the embodiment of the Holy Spirit.

Since the Vatican lifted the cremation ban in 1963, today it is not only allowed, but growing in popularity among the faithful.  The full funeral liturgy with the body present is preferred by the Church. However, the Order of Christian Funerals can be celebrated in the presence of the cremated remains.  Cremated remains are given the same respect as remains in a casket.  The Church requires that the deceased body be treated with prayerful reverence and great dignity in recognition of its glorious future.

The beautiful new columbarium is conveniently located on the east side of Calvary Cemetery.

The columbarium is constructed in granite and includes a brass crucifix above the center structure and four wings which give witness to the evangelists of our faith: “Matthew,” “Mark,” “Luke,” and “John.”

A patio and benches give family and friends an opportunity to reflect on precious memories of loved ones.

For more information or a brochure, please contact the parish office at 763-421-2471.

  • The columbarium structure makes it easy to locate loved ones at the cemetery, especially during the winter.  Patio and benches are located at the columbarium for year-round visitation.
  • Cremation funeral home costs are less expensive than traditional burial.
  • Advanced planning eliminates guesswork and financial burdens for your family.
  • Costs are more specific when choosing a columbarium inurnment option.

Visit our funerals/cemetery page for additional information about Calvary Cemetery.