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Catholic Cemeteries to dedicate new Holy Cross Mortuary in Arizona

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The Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix, and the Most Reverend Eduardo A. Nevares, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix, will dedicate and bless the Roman Catholic Diocese's second full-service funeral home at a special dedication Mass at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 20.

The new 22,000-square-foot mortuary is located at 9925 W. Thomas Road, Avondale, AZ 85392, on the grounds of Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.

This will be the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Cemeteries and Mortuaries' (DOPCCM) second funeral home to be opened in the Valley. The first funeral home, Queen of Heaven Catholic Mortuary, was opened during the summer of 2007. The mortuary will provide for all funeral needs, including traditional funerals and cremation. Although able to serve families having burial arrangements in any cemetery, including Veterans, having the facility located on the grounds of the cemetery will enable the family to take care of all their needs at one location.

Mr. Gary L. Brown, President of DOPCCM, reflected on the desire of the agency to bring to the West Valley residents the same compassionate, empathetic, trusting and spiritual services delivered by the staff at its Queen of Heaven facility. “We are elated at the opportunities Holy Cross Catholic Mortuary will provide in bringing essential services to the community while allowing us to evangelize our faith to Catholic families and others in the West Valley and central Phoenix community,” Brown said.

In addition to Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery and Mortuary in Avondale and Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery and Mortuary in Mesa, the Phoenix Diocese operates four other cemeteries: St. Francis Catholic Cemetery and Holy Redeemer Catholic Cemetery in Phoenix; All Souls Catholic Cemetery in Verde Valley; and Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Flagstaff.

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