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A sacred place, a Catholic cemetery serves the faithful and witnesses to the entire world the Good News of Jesus Christ and the hope we share in the resurrection. It is a place where the signs and  symbols of our faith are displayed with pride and reverence.

A Catholic Cemetery is the appropriate place for gathering in ritual prayer, such as the Right of Committal as well as a fitting place for private prayer and reflection.

Please join us for memorial masses and remembrance services, history lectures, art classes, and gallery exhibits. Visit our News & Events page for upcoming events, and subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

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See where we are and find the place that best meets your needs.

Masses, Classes & Events

We love visitors!

We can provide individual tours of space available in our cemeteries, or historical tours for individuals or groups.  

April

  1. Mon
    17
    Don’t forget to include your family’s cemetery monument on your spring cleaning list!

    Cemetery monuments are exposed to pollutants and often are breeding grounds for lichen, mold and moss. Black stains and biological growth on monuments obscure inscriptions and make an otherwise beautifully carved stone unsightly. Albany Diocesan Cemeteries offers free advice on how to safely remove stains and growths from all types of stone. We also offer an in-house cleaning service using only the finest cleaning agents and best techniques to restore your monument and greatly improve its appearance. For advice on how to clean your monument or to obtain a quote for a cleaning by our trained staff, please call historian Kelly Grimaldi at 518-463-0134 or email KellyAnn.Grimaldi@rcda.org

  2. Thu
    27
    Sketch Club - Keeping a Nature Journal, Historic St. Agnes Cemetery

    April 27, May 25, June 29, July 27, August 31, Sept. 28
    10:30am - 12:30pm
    At every moment, wherever you are, you can use a simple sketchbook as a place to record one's observations of the natural world around you. It might include sketches or drawings, written descriptions or notes, photographs, poems, natural objects such as leaves or flowers, or scientific data such as lists or wildlife tallies. Join Carol Coogan as she lends instruction, support, advice and inspiration to your own nature journal practice. Bring a favorite drawing/writing implement and a sketchbook if you have one, or a sketchbook will be available for purchase: a slim paperback "starter" book for $5, or a 5.5" X 8" hardcovers for $10. Information will be provided on a variety of ways that people use nature sketchbooks and anyone can use this class the way they want to use it. Classes will be geared to the interests and level of each participant.

    Class will meet at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery’s Visitor Center, Menands. Comfort facilities available on site.

    Fee: $60 for series

    To register for Sketch Club call Kelly Grimaldi at 463-0134 ext. 110 or email KellyAnn.Grimaldi@rcda.org.

    Carol Coogan is an artist, illustrator, designer, writer, instructor, and trained SoulCollage® facilitator. She uses sketchbooks and visual journals regularly as part of the process of development of ideas and designs for her professional work, and also for her own personal creative expression and enjoyment. Carol created the “Backyard Naturalist,” a newspaper feature she wrote and illustrated for the Times Union for 10 years. She also the weekly op-ed artist for the Altamont Enterprise on a weekly basis, and illustrates and designs stationery for Crane & Co. on a freelance basis.
    www.carolcoogandesign.com

  3. Fri
    28
    Art Classes- Spring 2017 at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery

    Where Time Stands Still: Celebrating Life through Art in a Victorian Era Cemetery
    with artist & art instructor, Noreen Powell

    We have some fun classes planned for Spring. Join us for relaxing, professionally guided painting classes at:

    The Living Room Art Gallery
    Located in Historic St. Agnes Cemetery’s Visitors Center, 48 Cemetery Avenue, Menands, New York, 12204

    Classes include paints (acrylic & oil), brushes, various sized canvas, and delicious baked goods from the famed Schuyler Bakery, gourmet coffees and teas and wonderful, positive energy.

    Prices are $25 for an 11 x 14 inch canvas or $20 for an 8 x 10 inch canvas unless noted otherwise.

    April 28, 10am-Noon– Red Barn in the Distance
    May 12, 10am-Noon– Monet’s Wooden Bridge
    May 13, 10am-1pm– Painting in the Style of Edgar Degas (Oil and Acrylics $45)
    May 26, 10am-Noon – Daybreak on the Hudson
    June 9, 10am-Noon – Renoir’s Rose with Baby’s Breath
    June 23, 10am-Noon – Snuggle Doves on a Branch

    Seating is limited so register early.
    To register call Kelly Grimaldi at (518) 463-0134 or email KellyAnn.Grimaldi@rcda.org

    As with all our classes, no experience is necessary. Come, learn, paint, relax!!

May

  1. Mon
    29
    Memorial Day- Business offices are closed

    Albany Diocesan Cemetery business offices are closed in observance of Memorial Day. We will re-open for normal business hours the following day at 8:30am.

  2. Mon
    29
    2017 Memorial Day Mass

    As the country begins preparations to celebrate Memorial Day, Our Lady of
    Angels Cemetery is planning to join thousands of Catholic cemeteries across the
    United States in a national celebration, "Serving God and Country: A Memorial
    Day Salute to Our Heroes." This national program, developed by the Catholic
    Cemetery Conference, will honor men and women who died while serving in the
    armed forces, as well as recognize both active duty military and veterans.

    Bishop Edward Scharfenberger will celebrate Mass at 10 a.m. on Monday, May
    29 at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, 1389 Central Avenue in Colonie.

    Veterans are invited to serve as lectors and Eucharistic Ministers, or participate in the presentation of gifts. Veterans attending the Mass will receive a special lapel pin.

    Please call (518) 374-5319 for more information or to volunteer.

June

  1. Sat
    03
    Summer Memorial Mass

    Summer Memorial Mass in the Community Mausoleum at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, 2501 Troy Rd. Niskayuna.

    We hope you will join us!

  2. Sat
    03
    Gravestone Restoration Workshop

    Old burying grounds need your help. This hands-on workshop will teach you how to safely clean, epoxy and mortar marble gravestones dating from the mid-19th century. Participants will learn how to handle proper cleaning agents and materials to reset and secure stones that memorialize people who have long been forgotten. The goal of this workshop is to educate cemetery enthusiasts in the art of gravestone restoration and preservation using best practices defined by the Association of Gravestone Studies.

    Joe Ferrannini of Grave Stone Matters has made simple to complex repairs to thousands of old monuments in his decades-long career as a professional cemetery preservationist. Learn from the master in a beautiful, Victorian era cemetery. This workshop is completely hands-on. Dress appropriately to work outside. Bring gloves (and a garden kneeler if needed) as we will be working with special epoxy and mortars to make repairs. All tools and materials are included. (Tents will be provided if necessary.) Please bring your own lunch or we will order from a local deli (not included in course fee.) This fun, informative and relaxing workshop is suitable for all skill levels.

    Course fee includes $45 materials fee.

    Click here to register: http://www.hvcc.edu/communityed/summer/offerings.html#GravestoneRestorationWorkshop
    or call 518-350-7679

  3. Sat
    03
    Spring/Summer Open House at Most Holy Redeemer

    Please join us on Saturday, June 3rd between 10am - 2pm at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna for an Open House. In addition to touring the beautiful grounds, meet our staff and enjoy light refreshments.

    Our Family Service Representatives will be on hand to answer questions about Most Holy Redeemer’s Kateri Meadow Natural Burial Preserve, the Remembrance Garden, Holy Family Garden, and the new Mary Immaculate, Patroness of America Chapel Mausoleum opening soon. Ask about package discounts available through July 1.

    Albany Diocesan Cemeteries will also be offering an Open House on Saturday, June 24th from 10am-2pm at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands. We hope you can join us for one or both events!

  4. Wed
    14
    Annual Day of Retreat & Spiritual Renewal for Pastoral Care Ministry

    You are invited to join us for this day of retreat, spiritual renewal, as well as sharing and
    networking with other pastoral care coordinators, visitors to the sick, chaplains,
    bereavement ministers, parish nurses and those who work in pastoral care ministry.
    Dr. Kelley will guide us on a journey of rest, hope and strength.

    Guest Presenter- Melissa Kelley, PhD

    Dr. Kelley is associate professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling and the faculty director of the
    Professional Ministry Practicum at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. She is a
    fellow and nationally certified pastoral counselor through the American Association of Pastoral
    Counselors. Dr. Kelley is also certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement through
    the Association for Death Education and Counseling.
    "Rest, Hope, and Strength: A Gentle Retreat Day for Pastoral Caregivers"

    Presentations Faith Sharing Quiet Prayer/ Reflection Celebration of the Eucharist
    WHEN: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
    WHERE: Carondelet Hospitality Center
    385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, New York
    HOW TO REGISTER (Pre-registration is required/space is limited). Download the flyer and registration form located in the link below the event title.

  5. Wed
    14
    Flag Day Military Honor Ceremony

    Please join us on Flag Day, June 14th, 11:00am for a memorial ceremony as the armed forces will provide full military honors for PFC Silvio Campanella, 42nd Infantry Rainbow Div., killed in France on January 19, 1945.

    His remains were brought home in 1948 and buried unceremoniously in an improperly marked grave. Recently members of the local 42nd Rainbow Division got in touch with the family of this soldier and offered to work with Historic St. Agnes Cemetery to ensure a proper grave marker was ordered and to organize a long over-due honors ceremony. The ceremony will be graveside.

    All are welcome. Cemetery staff will be on hand in the parking lot to guide visitors to the site.

    Please contact Kelly at (518) 350-7679
    or KellyAnn.Grimaldi@rcda.org for more information.

    http://blog.capitaldistrictcemeteries.org/flag-day-military-honor-ceremony/

  6. Sat
    17
    Summer Memorial Mass

    Summer Memorial Mass in the Community Mausoleum at St. Mary's Cemetery, 79 Brunswick Rd. Troy .

    We hope you will join us!

  7. Sat
    17
    Historic African Burial Ground Dedication Ceremony

    Join us for a special bronze plaque dedication ceremony marking the Historic African Burial Ground site at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, NY. The ceremony will include a celebration with traditional dance, poetry readings, African spiritual music by Heavenly Echoes and keynote by Nell Stokes, a local expert in African history. This will be an ecumenical ceremony attended by clergy and spiritual leaders from dozens of churches in our community.

    Saturday, June 17, 2017
    10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    Historic St. Agnes Cemetery, 48 Cemetery Ave. Menands, NY 12204
    Admission: free
    The African Burial Ground site, formerly the Schuyler Flatts Burial Ground Project was created to pay tribute to the discovered remains of 14 formerly enslaved Africans; to honor these souls with dignity and respect.

    Burial of the dead has always been recognized by the Catholic Church as a religious rite and a corporal work of mercy that shows compassion and respect for all, living and deceased. Albany Diocesan Cemeteries takes that charge seriously, and we are very pleased to show to compassion and respect for these 14 individuals and provide them with a dignified resting place.

    For more information contact Kelly Grimaldi at: (518) 463-0134

    This event is a New York State Path Through History featured event!

  8. Sat
    24
    Summer Memorial Mass

    Summer Memorial Mass in the Community Mausoleum at St. Agnes Cemetery- 48 Cemetery Ave. Menands.

    We hope you will join us!

  9. Sat
    24
    Open House at Historic St. Agnes

    Please join us for an Open House on Saturday, June 24th from 10am-2pm Historic St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands. In addition to touring our beautiful and historic grounds, enjoy light refreshments and meet our staff.

    There will also be an Open House Saturday, June 3rd at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna. In addition to touring our beautiful and historic grounds, enjoy light refreshments and meet our staff. Family Service Representatives will be on hand to answer questions about Most Holy Redeemer’s Kateri Meadow Natural Burial Preserve, the Remembrance Garden, Holy Family Garden, and the new Mary Immaculate, Patroness of America Chapel Mausoleum opening soon.

    Ask about package discounts available through July 1. We hope you can join us for one or both events!

July

  1. Tue
    04
    Independence Day- Business offices are closed

    Albany Diocesan Cemetery business offices are closed in observance of Independence Day. We will re-open for normal business hours the following day at 8:30am.

September

  1. Mon
    04
    Labor Day- Business offices are closed

    Albany Diocesan Cemetery business offices are closed in observance of Labor Day. We will re-open for normal business hours the following business day at 8:30am.

  2. Sat
    09
    Fall Memorial Mass

    Fall Memorial Mass in the Community Mausoleum at St. Agnes Cemetery- 48 Cemetery Ave. Menands.

    We hope you will join us!

  3. Sat
    16
    Fall Memorial Mass

    Fall Memorial Mass in the Community Mausoleum at these 2 locations:
    - Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery- 2501 Troy Rd. Niskayuna
    - St. Mary's Cemetery - 79 Brunswick Rd. Troy

    We hope you will join us!

  4. Sun
    17
    150th Anniversary Celebration of Historic St. Agnes Cemetery

    One hundred and fifty years ago on May 19, 1867, Right Rev. Bishop Conroy of Albany stood on a wide platform high upon a hill, clad in Episcopal robes, mitre on head and crozier in hand, pronouncing words which converted 50 acres of land into consecrated ground named St. Agnes Cemetery. Over the next 150 years, thousands of families have buried their beloved dead in her consecrated grounds. Since its founding as a rural, park-like cemetery, Historic St. Agnes Cemetery expanded to nearly 115 acres of rolling hills and winding roads.

    A late summer cocktail party will be held in celebration of Historic St. Agnes Cemetery’s 150th Anniversary on Sunday, September 17th from 2 – 5 PM. Location details will be provided in the invitation. The celebration will feature fine foods, select wines and beer, a string trio and historic cemetery trolley tours. It will also be the premier of our beautiful book, These Sacred Grounds: 150 Years of St. Agnes Cemetery and book signing. The celebration will begin at 2 PM with a blessing by Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger.

    Proceeds from the event directly benefit the cemetery and help ensure these sacred grounds remain well kept and safe for future generations.

    We hope to share this celebration with you! Please contact us at (518) 463-0134 if you would like to receive an invitation to the Celebration.

    If you would like to offer additional support, you can find and download our Sponsor or Honorary Committee information above.

    http://blog.capitaldistrictcemeteries.org/150th-anniversary-st-agnes-celebration/

October

  1. Wed
    18
    Staff Training Session- Offices close at Noon

    Albany Diocesan Cemetery offices will close at Noon for a staff training. We will re-open for normal business hours the following day at 8:30am.

November

  1. Wed
    01
    Fall Cemetery Clean Up

    The Fall cemetery and lot decoration cleanup will begin on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at all Albany Diocesan Cemeteries. Lot owners are requested to remove any decorations they wish to save before November 1st.

    Fresh cut flowers in an approved vase are always permitted provided they are in good condition. Also any new seasonal decoration may be left providing the decoration is in accordance with the current Cemetery Rules and Regulations. All other decorations will be removed during the cleanup.

    The cleanup of all cemeteries takes some time, and depending on weather and the number of burials, may take a week to complete. During the cleanups, cemetery staff removes and discards all items from graves.

    Operations employees are instructed to leave any permitted seasonal decoration that appears to be newly placed. Of course, this is a judgment call for our staff, so it is better to wait until after the cleanup to place seasonal decorations. Items placed in violation of cemetery rules and regulations or in disrepair may be removed and discarded at any time.

    In addition, the cemetery conducts a cleanup of Christmas decorations beginning January 15, time and weather permitting.

    Download a PDF document with more information regarding our cemeteries decoration regulations.

    Thank you for helping to keep our cemeteries beautiful!

  2. Wed
    22
    Thanksgiving Eve- Business offices close at Noon

    Albany Diocesan Cemetery business offices will close at Noon. Happy Thanksgiving preparation!

  3. Thu
    23
    Thanksgiving Day- Business offices are closed

    Albany Diocesan Cemetery business offices are closed Thanksgiving Day. We will re-open for normal business hours Friday at 8:30am.

December

  1. Sat
    02
    Winter Memorial Mass 2017

    Winter Memorial Mass in the Community Mausoleum at these 2 locations:
    - Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery- 2501 Troy Rd. Niskayuna
    - St. Mary's Cemetery - 79 Brunswick Rd. Troy

    We hope you will join us!

  2. Sat
    09
    Winter Memorial Mass 2017

    Winter Memorial Mass in the Community Mausoleum at St. Agnes Cemetery- 48 Cemetery Ave. Menands.

    We hope you will join us!

  3. Fri
    15
    Staff Christmas Gathering 2017- Business offices close at 2 pm.

    Albany Diocesan Cemetery business offices will close at 2:00 pm to celebrate Christmas with our staff. Our ADC family wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas season!

  4. Fri
    22
    Business offices close at Noon

    Albany Diocesan Cemetery business offices will close at Noon on Friday, December 22nd. Happy Christmas preparation!

January

  1. Mon
    01
    New Year’s Day 2018- business offices closed

    Albany Diocesan Cemetery business offices are closed New Year’s Day. We will re-open for normal business hours the following business day at 8:30am. Happy New Year!

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