The St. James columbarium is a peaceful and sacred space within the Meditation Garden where cremated remains of loved ones may be laid to rest within the church complex, and cared for in perpetuity.
The term columbarium is derived from the Latin word, Columba, meaning dove; an almost universal symbol of God's love and peace. Each recessed compartment (niche) allows space for interment of two polished brass urns. An appropriate committal service will be conducted at a time convenient with the family.
Columbarium niches may be purchased by St. James parishioners, or former parishioners, for themselves or their immediate family members. A certificate of purchase will be issued granting the exclusive right to use the niche. For each interment a memorialized face plate of natural polished granite is included in the purchase cost. Additionally, a portion of the fee is reserved for future care and maintenance of the columbarium.
Applications to acquire niches are available from the church office by phoning 225-387-5141 or download one here. The packet contains pricing information, appropriate rules and regulations, and a site plan with the numbering system of individual niches.
The St. James Columbarium on the north exterior wall of the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles; part of the peaceful Meditation Garden setting between the Parish Hall and Bishops Hall.
(R) The tranquil setting of the Meditation Garden. To the right of the columbarium are the Stations of the Cross dedicated in August 2012.