Canon Law (Church Law) specifically designates two places on this earth as “sacred” — places where the faithful worship (our churches), and places where the faithful are buried (our Catholic cemeteries). (Canon 1205)
Where possible, the Church is to have its own cemeteries or at least areas in civil cemeteries that are designated for the deceased members of the faithful and properly blessed. (Canon 1240)
Here at CPCA we are fortunate to have numerous Catholic cemeteries specifically set aside by the Church for the burial of the faithful. Currently, CPCA operates 116 parish cemeteries. There are also an additional 16 diocesan cemeteries owned and operated by The Catholic Cemeteries Association of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.