JUSTICE, Ill. (CBS) — Dozens of Catholic families say a cemetery in the southwestern suburbs only adds to their grief – by the way they have handled crosses and other decorations on graves.
As CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas reported, those frustrations drew more than 40 people into the cold and rain on Friday. They stood in front of the Resurrection Catholic Cemetery and shared their stories
Many of them say they recently discovered that their crosses and decorations had disappeared from the graves of their relatives, and then some of them saw them in a pile on the ground in another part of the cemetery.
The Archdiocese of Chicago said it removed the items because of their longstanding rules to ensure decorations do not obstruct their cleaning crews and lawnmowers.
But families say it should have been handled differently.
“Jesus Christ sacrificed his life for us. He did,” Magdalena Jaronczy said, “and for them to treat the cross that way is very – it shouldn’t even happen. a Catholic cemetery.”
A spokesperson for the archdiocese says he regrets any additional grief these families are facing.
They say the crosses were in that pile on the ground because the cleanup crew was still sorting them out for inventory, and they assigned cemetery workers to help return them to their owners.