St. Patrick's
St. Patrick's 

Mailing Address:
231 W Atkinson St
PO Box 514
Sheffield, Illinois 61361

Phone: (815) 454-8062


Fr Miller-

Peggy Johnston-

bulletin editor- Tonya Yepsen


St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery

Our cemetery is located 2.5 miles south east of Sheffield, on County Road 750E.

Physical address, 12900 750 E, Buda, Illinois. Leaving the south side of Sheffield, it is 1.3 miles past the Sheffield Public Cemetery.

Cemetery lay trustees are:

   - Mr Dave Hahne,

   - Mr Scott Wright,


If you wish to purchase, or verify, a plot (easement purchase), have a committal, set a new stone or monument, please contact the pastor. He will likely put you in touch with, or forward information to, one of the cemetery trustees.

If you wish to have an updated copy of your easement purchase certificate, please mail a self-addressed stamped envelop along with needed information to locate your record and mail to the rectory.


The basic guidelines and polices are as follows: 

SPS Cemetery guidelines 2016.pdf
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SPS Cemetery polices 2018C.pdf
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Below is a sample Easement Purchase certificate.

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Below is a map of our cemetery. It is approximately 8 acreas in area.

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Handling of Cremated Remains

  • The Church's teaching is still clear, full body burials are preferred. Cremation only if circumstances, such as serious financial problems, are a factor.
  • If cremation is choosen, it's best to wait till after a Funeral Mass. If cremation is done before, then a Memorial Mass can be celebrated.
  • Cremated remains should not be kept at a private homes. It's up to the pastor if a Memorial Mass could be celebrated if the remains have been kept for an undue length of time privately. It's also to the pastor's discretion if the remains are allowed in the parish church for a Memorial Mass or service.
  • Separation or mixing of remains is not allowed. If already done, then no Memorial Mass can be celebrated, and the remains are not allowed in the church. It's up to the pastor if a commmittal can still be done at the Catholic Cemetery in this case.



There are traditions for the orientation of our loved ones in the family plots. Normally the casket is laid with the feet and face pointed towards the east. Just as Catholic churches are, by tradition, orientated east-west, have the sanctuary on the east side, the side of the rising Sun. The rising Sun is a symbol of new life, and the setting Sun, death. Our Savior is present in the Eucharist in the sanctuary then on the east side, and we face the east, the Son, asking God for Divine aide. We, the faithful arrive and depart on the west side, recognizing our nothingness without God's grace. Married couples are placed with the husband on the right and the wife on the left, just as when they were married before God in his Church. The groom was on the right side of the sanctuary, the bride on the left.