Columbarium

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A columbarium is a structure with niches, or compartments, for urns containing ashes of the dead. In Latin the word is dovecote, reminiscent of a structure that might house doves or homing pigeons. Traditionally graveyards were adjacent to church buildings but this practice is less and less practical in crowded communities of today. The columbarium is a means by which one's remains may be kept in or near his or her parish church as an enduring place of rest.

The St. Joseph Columbarium has a total of 1285 niches. Each niche is designed to hold the cremains of two people. It was dedicated on February 22, 2003.

Please call the parish office (972)231-2951 to inquire about having the St Joseph Columbarium as the final resting place for you or a loved one.