The columbarium is a place of repose of the dead and as such plays the role of a traditional cemetery. The ground upon which the columbarium stands is consecrated. Before the internment of the ashes of any individual the niches are blessed by the priest.
Please note, the columbarium is not a temporary “holding place” and once the ashes of a dear one, are interred, they cannot be simply removed, at a later date. Persons applying for permission for the internment of their own ashes at a future date or their loved ones will be required to sign on behalf of themselves and their legal heirs, an undertaking that the interred ashes will remain in the columbarium in perpetuity and at no stage will the Parish be asked for permission for the removal of the said ashes, apart from very exceptional circumstances.
Agreement for the removal/exhumation of ashes can be given only in very exceptional and fully justified circumstances. Please see below for details (Removal/Exhumation of interred ashes).