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Garden of Peace Columbarium


Dear Faithful Mercy,


I want to share that the long awaited final construction contract for The Columbarium Garden of Peace has now received final approval of Bishop Duca and the Diocese. Work will now soon begin on this beautiful addition to our campus.


In accord with the Diocesan policy four contractors were selected to bid on the columbarium project. They were Deumite Construction, Cangelosi-Ward, Arkel, and Charles Carter. The low bid was submitted by Arkel who has been awarded the contract. We are grateful to all of these fine companies and we are excited to work with Arkel.


Pre-construction sales along with the contributions of three faithful Mercy families have made this project totally self-funded. There is no funding used from Traditions For Tomorrow for either construction or maintenance of the Columbarium Garden.


Construction will begin behind the Adoration Chapel in the next two weeks. This area will be fenced off for construction purposes and safety. It should not cause any traffic or parking inconvenience at this time due to our present COVID-19 situation.


In the interest of serving our Church Family, and because of the COVID-19 effects on our economy, the pre-construction pricing of cremation niches will remain until construction is complete. Thus, at this present construction time, there will be no price increase.


Please note that cremation burials are significantly less expensive than traditional burials.


The Mercy Columbarium Garden is open to everyone – Catholic and Non-Catholics; Parishioners and Non-Parishioners alike.


You may make a personal appointment; or have any questions answered over the phone by speaking with Michelle Schroeder at the Church Office at (225) 926-1883,


The events of the pandemic will not stop the vision of Mercy and our Future together!  The Columbarium Garden was the third piece of our Master Plan – Phase 1. We dreamed it, we promised it, and we are delivering it.


The design has been created by Pete Newton of Newton Landscape Group, Coleman Partners Architects, Dale Songy and Joe Saffiotti, and Johnny Fife of Arkel Construction.


I am very excited to move forward in our great vision for Mercy.


Fr. Cleo




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