Cemeteries are sacred, special places. They serve as the primary place of remembrance of those we love. Often when we visit we need to sense the presence of our loved ones. We want to remember all that we can. The specific act of remembering that a cemetery calls forth is both personal and communal. We gather on Memorial Day and other occasions for special services and Masses. We come as a family for anniversaries and birthdays. Grandparents bring grandchildren and tell stories. We bring symbols of remembrance – flowers, wreaths, trinkets. The next time you visit a cemetery, consider all those people whose lives remain connected to us, whether we actually knew them or not. That belief in the Communion of Saints can provide us with both hope and comfort. Come, celebrate your loved ones and all who have gone before us for we are one with each other and with our God, and that is well worth remembering.
Rules & Policies
- Two regular burials in one plot are no longer allowed because of cave–ins.
- There can be up to three cremation burials on one regular plot at an additional cost of $150 each.
- Once there is a cremation burial on a plot, there cannot be a regular burial on that same plot.
- Burial plots are legally the property of the purchaser or designee, but subject to the rules of the Cemetery Association.
- Unused plots can only be resold back to the Cemetery Association at the original purchase price.
- The Cemetery Curator has a record of which plots are purchased and by whom. Please save your receipt showing location of burial plot(s) purchased.
- At the time of burial, a temporary marker is placed on the grave. After six months it will be removed unless other arrangements are made.
- All grave monuments are the property and responsibility of the plot owner/survivors and must conform to the regulations of the Cemetery Association.
After a burial and from the weekend before to one week after Memorial Day, loose flowers and decorations may be left on the graves.
At all other times, all flowers and temporary decorations not in raised pots or in urns will be removed from gravesites at the next mowing. For one month thereafter, if you wish, you may pick them up beside cemetery garage.
Grave decorations may be placed on graves in approved pots and vases from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day each year. PLEASE NOTE: After Labor Day, ALL decorations, including temporary flower stands, must be removed to allow for a good clean up prior to winter and in order to have access to the graves. Flowerpots on poles/stands must be removed before winter because they freeze in and will require a jack hammer to remove them for access at the time of a funeral. Any questions regarding this policy, please call the parish office.
Two types of plots are available for purchase:
- Registered Members of the Parish Community:
- Cost for one burial plot is $600
- Cost for one Cremation plot is $300 Double cremation plot is $500
- Non Registered Members of the Parish Community:
- Cost for one burial plot is $850.
- Cost for one Cremation plot $600 .
Opening and closing of graves must be done by the Cemetery Curator who has been approved by the Cemetery Association to guarantee each grave is in exact position. All burials must be in a concrete vault, purchased from a funeral home or society. After a burial, loose flowers and decorations will be left one week.
Regulation and care of the surface areas of all plots, and all other surface areas in the cemetery, are the responsibilities of the Cemetery Association. Trees, bushes, shrubs, and plantings may be planted only with the permission of the Cemetery Curator, granted on a case-by-case basis. Every effort is made to avoid damage to grave markers by lawn care equipment. But tiny nicks and other routine “wear and tear” must be expected.