On Friday evening we celebrated Mass in the Cathedral cemetery. Although November is the usual month for praying for the dead, it seemed a good opportunity to use the lighter (and hopefully drier) evenings to celebrate Mass for those who were buried in the cemetery, and for deceased families and friends of parishioners. One of the older tombs served as an altar - it may seem strange, but it recalls the early days of the Church in Rome, when Christians gathered in the catacombs, surrounded by the remains of those who had died. Many of the significant figures from the history of the Cathedral and diocese are buried in the cemetery, including all four former bishops. After Mass, the priests joined families at the graves of their loves ones, where prayers were said for their eternal rest.