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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.

Our locations.

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. Sat
    01
    Chili Cookoff to benefit The David Fisher Upper Hudson Heroes of Watervilet

    Admission includes:
    • Chili sampling
    • A rock wall provided by the National Guard
    • Bounce house, Face painting, Balloon creations
    • Live music
    • Chinese auction
    • Door prizes
    • Hot dogs, hamburgers, beer, soda & water will be sold

    Details can be viewed on the attached flyer.

    This is a fundraiser that is near and dear to one of our staff. We hope you will consider attending!

  2. Mon
    03
    April Cemetery Clean-up for all Albany Diocesan Cemeteries

    Winter decoration clean-up for our cemeteries and lots will begin on Monday, April 3rd, 2017 at all Albany Diocesan Cemeteries. Lot owners are requested to remove any decorations they wish to save before April 3rd, 2017.

    Fresh cut flowers in an approved vase are always permitted provided they are in good condition. 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.

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

    Visit our website at http://www.capitaldistrictcemeteries.org/about-us/rules-and-regulations for more information regarding our cemeteries decoration regulations.

    Thank you for helping to keep our cemeteries beautiful!

  3. Sat
    08
    Spring Memorial Mass- St. Mary's Cemetery

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

    We hope you will join us!

  4. Fri
    14
    Good Friday- Business offices close at Noon

    Albany Diocesan Cemetery offices will close at Noon. Happy Easter!

  5. Tue
    18
    Pastoral Visitation to the Sick, Elderly and Homebound Workshops

    This Spring, Pastoral Care Ministry will offer a 6 week formation and skill building workshop “Pastoral Visitation to the Sick, Elderly and Homebound”.

    Tuesday evenings: April 18 – May 23rd, 2017
    6:00-8:00pm
    Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 498 Watervliet-Shaker Rd. (Rt. 155), Latham, NY 12110.

    This program provides information on the art of pastoral visitation, communication skills, illness issues, spiritual assessment, grief and loss, suffering and faith, death and dying, ritual and sacraments in pastoral ministry, and theology of pastoral care and care giving issues.
    Sessions include presentations and interactive exercises, as well as readings. Two pastoral visits are required along with a journal process.

    $40 program fee which includes a book and handout materials.

    Registration is required, space is limited. Registration deadline: Monday, April 10th, 2017.
    All faith traditions welcome.

    To register or information, please visit: http://www.rcda.org/Offices/pastoral_care_ministry/events.asp; email: Maria.Schollenberger@rcda.org or call (518) 641-6818.

  6. 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

  7. 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. Thu
    11
    Essential Conversations Presentation: How to Talk about Difficult Topics during Difficult Times

    Presentation by Margie Wood, President & Founder of Unlimited Options

    Thursday, May 11, 2017
    6:30 - 8:30pm

    St. Edward the Confessor Church
    569 Clifton Park Center Rd., Clifton Park, NY 12065

    As we age, the impact upon the “critical transitions” of our lives becomes more immediate. Both those who are aging (55 years of age and older) and their adult children and significant family members can prepare to come together to engage in dialogue and problem solving. Either PRIOR to an emergency or at the critical moment, the goal of conversation and communication is to provide support and care. The need for a process or tools in having these conversations becomes essential in handling both the planning and making of decisions and the emotional/relational concerns that often interfere with peaceful implementation.

    • Review 10 Essential Questions that need to be addressed by the aging person and family
    • Become familiar with the specific tools for implementing such a discussion
    • Learn the impact of NOT engaging in these necessary conversations (unresolved conflict
    and disintegration)
    • Understand distinct benefits for elders/family members as they discuss end of life care

    Cost: Good will offering

    To register, complete & return the event Registration Form, or contact Kelly Grimaldi at (518) 463-0134, email KellyAnn.Grimaldi@rcda.org.

  2. 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.

  3. 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
    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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

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!

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
    22
    Thanksgiving Eve- Business offices close at Noon

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

  2. 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!

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