A Roman Catholic diocese in California is putting some church-owned property to good use by cultivating grapes for sacramental wine.
Robert Seelig, who is in charge of cemetery services for the diocese of Oakland, thinks that the combination of burials and grapevines at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Hayward is a perfect fit. After all, wine plays a central part in the Catholic mass.
Seelig said that the diocese will hire a vintner to manufacture sacramental wine once the vines have matured. If the wine tastes good, the vineyard could produce table wines as well. [Link]