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Calumet Park Funeral Chapel in Hobart (just before the Apple Orchard) on County Line Road sponsored wonderful angel tree lighting ceremony on December 8th…
Calumet Park Funeral Chapel in Hobart held its first annual Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony. It was well attended with over 100 people sharing an afternoon of music, remembrances, good fellowship and the hanging of the angels of a loved one on the angel tree.
This event was guided by funeral home supervisor Violet de la Torre-Corona and assistant Mike Poweska.
Hope to see you all again next year.
It is a beautiful fall day in Merrillville. Below are some random shots of Calumet Park Cemetery at the corner of 73rd and Taft in Merrillville, Indiana. From atop the hill of crosses, it feels like the property is endless. There are over 400 acres of land owned by Calumet Park, with 170 developed. There are thousands of graves available from all price ranges in the area that is currently developed. At approximately 1100 burials per acre and at the current rate of usage, Calumet Park has land for close to 550 years. This means that it is OK to not worry about using up all the land. In fact, there are seven different possibilities for permanent placement of cremains, along with private and community mausoleums, flush bronze on granite sections, flush granite sections, above ground monument sections and so much more.
Mark you calendars for Veterans Day, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. for a Memorial Service for veterans. Call 769-8803 for details.
November 29 will be the Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rendina Funeral Chapel from 6-8 p.m. (call early to reserve your angel and come early to have time to pick up your angel before the ceremony begins. Call 980-1141 for details.
December 1 will be the Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony at Merrillvile Funeral Chapel and will be from 3-5 p.m.. Try to come early to get your angel and to get good seats. Call 736-5840 for details.
December 8 will be the Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Hobart Chapel on County Line Road in Hobart near the Apple Orchard. The time for this event will be from 3-5 p.m. Call 940-3791 for details.
Call now to reserve your angel.
Happy thanksgiving to all. You are all appreciated.
Thanks to all who visited this year’s Trunk or Treat event at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel in Hobart. The funeral home is just north of the County Line Apple Orchard and just south of Route 6 and County Line Road in Hobart. A special thanks go out to all who helped make this event such a success. Lead by Violet de la Torre-Corona, funeral director, and Mike Poweska, many local businesses participated which offered a safe place for kids of all ages to spend a couple of hours having fun. Several employees from Calumet Park worked along side Violet and Mike and are appreciated for their contribution to this wonderful activity.
For information on pre-arranging or regarding future special community activities, call 219-940-3791 or stop by the funeral home for a personal, guided tour. Se habla espanol.
Mark your calendar for December 8 for the Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony to be held at the Hobart Chapel (370 North County Line Road in Hobart. Merrillville’s tree lighting is December 1 and Rendina’s tree lighting is November 29. Call for times and to reserve your angels.
Path, Inc (for teens)
Operation Combat Bikesaver, Inc (vets)
Make checks payable to either and send to Calumet Park Cemetery at 2305 West 73rd Avenue, Merrillville, IN 46410
Thanks for your support. For information on preplanning cemetery and funeral arrangements, call 219-769-8803. Visit our website at mycalumetpark.com
You can still participate in the Calumet Park Cemetery 5K Light the Darkness walk/run for suicide prevention…
Click on article above written by Jerry Davich, writer for the Post Tribune newspaper. His article tells the story Dr. Gold. She will be the guest speaker for Saturday, September 29, 5K fundraiser for suicide awareness. The map shows the path of the 3.1 mile course. All are invited to join in on this fundraiser to bring suicide awareness and prevention into the public conversation.
Call 219-769-8803 for details. Calumet Park is located at the corner of 73rd and Taft in Merrillville. Over 100 runners/walkers have signed up and will participate.
A small miracle happened at the Calumet Park Cemetery butterfly release memorial ceremony on July 21. Each year families and friends gather at the Butterfly Garden in the Back to Nature Section for spiritual readings and live music. The hour long event concludes with the reading of an old Native American Indian legend called “The Legend of the Butterfly”. Native Americans believe that a wish whispered to a butterfly will be granted when the butterfly flies up to the heavens.
Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. The Christian religion sees the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life. A butterfly is a symbol for the Resurrection! It is a spiritual symbol for life after death because of its metamorphosis, or transformation, from a caterpillar that crawls on the ground to a beautiful, almost ethereal creature that flies through the air.
There were concerns that rain and high winds were on their way that Saturday morning. The area was hit hard with severe storms the previous couple of days, so it was almost a coin toss as to whether or not the event would even be held. Amazingly, the weather was not a deterrent to approximately 350 brave souls, and all six hundred and twenty butterflies were released, each carrying a special message to heaven.
So, back to the miracle. In December, a sweet young lady lost her twin boys at the 5th month of her pregnancy. To lose a baby is so very devastating and if it is possible, losing two at the same time must be crushingly overwhelming. The hopes and dreams that a parent has for the life of her child is buried with her babies. As a father who experienced such a loss, I can say that the memories of one’s hopes for the future of a lost child never die. Although it is real that God called home His children on His timetable, the reality for those left behind is sometimes a shaken fist at God with lots of questions…all starting with “WHY?”
Although the mother gave permission for her real name to be used in this story, she will be referred to as Mother Mary for the rest of this article. Privacy is important in the world in which we live, and Mother Mary’s privacy should be respected. During the week leading up to the Butterfly Release, Mother Mary was followed, on and off, by two butterflies. It scared her a little and she saw them as a sign that God had not forgotten her during her time of loss. In one sense, Mother Mary told us that she found peace in the tiny, winged creatures of God and felt it would be redundant to attend the live release…but something told her to show up…rain or shine.
On the morning of the release, the crowd grew slowly and steadily. Mother Mary quietly joined with the others in finding a place to blend in with others while being alone with her thoughts. Her babies would have been seven months old in July, and thoughts of all of the little outfits and baby paraphernalia were filling up her mind and her heart.
Tears are a healing balm to broken hearted people. In fact, I remember back some 33 years ago that it felt like my tears would never stop. To this day, I can see a mother and father with a newborn baby and my heart weeps over what might have been. So, a great many tears flowed from attendees of all ages, races, colors, faiths and creeds on that special Saturday morning, including those of Mother Mary.
After a couple of readings, commentary, and songs, the time had come for all to gather around the butterfly garden and the bronze statue of the child offering up a butterfly, laden with wishes from mouth, to butterfly, to God. Mother Mary found just the right spot to release her butterflies from their folded paper casings. She had two green envelopes with the words “Do not be afraid for I am with you…” printed on them which is a promise from God when He said “Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not anxiously look about for I am your God and I will strengthen you. Surely I will help you. Surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand!”
With close to 400 people gathered around a garden filled with plants and flowers meant to attract butterflies, Mother Mary whispered her private wish to her butterflies. And that is when the miracle happened. It would not be noticed by any of the hundreds of people that surrounded her, but it will be with Mother Mary forever. When she opened her first envelope, two butterflies stretched their gossamer wings and lifted off in unison. Two in one envelope…a simple mistake on the part of the person in Florida that packed the gentle creatures that has never, ever been known to have happened in the history of the people that supply the butterflies for this event.
Surely, any actuary could not come up with statistics that could represent this occurrence. Millions of butterflies released annually around the world, and on this day, for this event and for this grieving mother, God arranged to have twin butterflies emerge to be sure that her wishes…one for each of her sons…would have a butterfly dedicated to delivering her wishes to His ears.
This simple mistake on the part of a “butterfly packer” thousands of miles away answered Mother Mary’s wishes before she could even utter them. God knew in His heart this day would come, long before Mother Mary’s own mother and father came together and conceived her. God has a plan, and we are inserted into His timeline. We are along for the ride, and sometimes the ride is bumpy and cold and lonely and filled with pain. Other times, we come out of the tunnel of darkness filled with joy.
On this day, in the midst of one of Mother Mary’s most bumpy and crushing of all of life’s challenges, Mother Mary found a moment of peace and joy as she watched the two butterflies flutter away, side by side, toward the heavens. The babies were His, and He needed them to come home on His schedule. The two butterflies were but a heavenly message to Mother Mary that He heard her cries of desperation since the day of her loss. It was received by Mother Mary as confirmation that He had not forsaken her.
As miracles go, two butterflies in one envelope may seem “accidental” to a bystander. Raising of Lazareth, or feeding thousands with a few loaves and fishes, or even changing water into wine at the Wedding Feast of Cana were miracles. But for Mother Mary on this day, in this field, unfolding a small green triangle shaped paper envelope to let her butterfly go, seeing two butterflies emerge was all the affirmation she needed to know in her heart that they were with Jesus.
And friends, that is why Calumet Park sponsors this type of community event. Set the table for a miracle and a miracle may just appear. Who doesn’t remember the line from the baseball movie, “Build it and they will come.” To this, I say, build a life that is open to Christ, invite Him in, and you too shall discover that God has plans for all of us if we allow ourselves to believe, for the age of miracles is now.