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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. 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

September

  1. Fri
    01
    Fall Art Gallery Exhibit: Seasons- exhibit in pastel by Laura Garramone

    Seasons- exhibit in pastel by Laura Garramone

    On Exhibit: September 1 – October 30, 2017

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

    All are welcome to a champagne artists’ reception on Friday, September 8th, 4:30 – 6 PM

    Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm, weekends by appointment.

    About the artist:

    Laura Garramone is a pastel artist from Greene County New York. She has been a lifetime resident of southern Albany County and more recently Greene County. Her work is intimately connected to her home and surrounding areas. Laura loves the beauty of upstate New York and is constantly searching for the next subject for her paintings. She is never disappointed with the vast amount of fantastic vistas here. Inspiration comes from nature and every day beauty. Laura has worked in acrylics, watercolor and charcoal, but fell in love with the immediacy and pure color of pastels. She has been working in pastels exclusively since 2008.

    Laura is mostly self-taught, as are all artists, she says. The journey of art exploration is a personal one. Everyone experiences and develops themselves as artists differently. No matter how many workshops or formal training an artist receives, they in the end emerge with their own artistic style and personal flare. Laura believes that she is still immersed in her personal artistic journey and is enjoying every second of it. The advice she would give to artists just beginning their journeys would be not to give up on your art. No matter what life throws at you keep painting, sketching, imagining and seeing.



    Many people are surprised to learn there is a beautiful art gallery located in Historic St. Agnes Cemetery. It is a bit different to say the least. The Gallery serves as a means for local artists to exhibit and sell their work. The museum quality tracks and cables are strong and secure, offering a safe and attractive means to display art.

    If you are an artist in the Capital District interested in exhibiting work, contact our Gallery Manager Kelly Grimaldi at KellyAnn.Grimaldi@rcda.org, or (518) 350-7679.

    Exhibits run for 60 days and the artist is offered the opportunity to hold an artist’s reception for friends and family. We also encourage group shows.

  2. Fri
    15
    Fall 2017 Art Classes at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery

    We have some fun classes planned to help us transition from the hot summer months to the cool, crisp days of fall. Join us for relaxing, professionally guided painting classes in:

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

    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.

    Sept. 15 10AM – Noon Lake with Boat
    Sept. 29 10AM - Noon Loons in Fog
    Sept. 30 10AM – 1:00 PM *Autumn Reflection Scene Oil on Canvas $55 with Karen Woodin
    *Register for this class through Hudson Valley Community College (629-7339)
    Oct. 13 10AM – Noon Birch Trees
    Oct. 20 10AM – Noon Mountain Stream
    Nov. 10 10AM – Noon Basket of Gourds
    Nov. 11 10AM – 1:00 PM *Sunset on the Pier Oil on Canvas $55 with Noreen Powell
    *Register for this class through Hudson Valley Community College (629-7339)
    Nov. 17 10AM – Noon Pies on a Window Sill
    Dec. 1 10AM – Noon Evergreens Heavy with Snow
    Dec. 15 10AM – Noon Victorian Door with Christmas Wreath

    To register call Kelly Grimaldi at 518-350-7679 or email KellyAnn.Grimaldi@rcda.org.

  3. Tue
    19
    Pastoral Visitation to the Sick, Elderly and Homebound Workshops

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

    Tuesday evenings: September 19 – October 24th, 2017
    6:30-8:30pm
    The Church of St. Patrick, 21 Main St. Ravena, NY 12143

    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: Friday, September 8th, 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.

  4. Fri
    22
    Bereavement Support Group Facilitator Training

    This September, Pastoral Care Ministry will offer an 18 hour Bereavement Support Group Facilitator Training providing information on defining normal grief, identifying gender differences in grieving, discussing the impact of religion, spirituality and culture on grief/grieving, identifying coping mechanisms and destructive ways of coping, interviewing and screening participants, basics of facilitation, dealing with problem participants, experiencing and evaluating a mock group, identifying means of self-care for facilitators and bereavement resources. Training sessions include information on discernment and boundaries, presentations, interactive exercises, readings, prayer and reflection.

    Sessions are 9am – 3pm:
    Friday, September 22
    Friday September 29
    Saturday, September 30

    The training is held at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 498 Watervliet-Shaker Rd. (Rt. 155), Latham, NY 12110.

    $100 program fee includes all 3 sessions, a book and handout materials.

    Pre-registration is required, space is limited. Registration deadline: Monday, August 21st, 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.

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. Thu
    02
    Reverence for All Souls – All Souls Committal Service

    Historic St. Agnes Cemetery offers free entombment of cremated remains

    Thursday, November 2, 2017, 2:00pm
    48 Cemetery Ave. Menands, NY 12204

    Albany Diocesan Cemeteries offers a wide range of options for the final disposition of cremated remains: cremation gardens and columbariums, as well as regular graves and mausoleums. However, often families just don’t know what to do when the urn containing the cremated remains is returned by the funeral director.

    On All Souls Day, 2017, Historic St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, NY will provide this service for Catholic families who have cremated remains they wish to entomb. Memorial butterflies are available for purchase to be installed near the crypt.

    Albany Diocesan Cemeteries provides this service to assure that the proper care and reverential disposition of cremated remains is available to all Catholics.Albany Diocesan Cemeteries provides this service to assure that the proper care and reverential disposition of cremated remains is available to all Catholics.

    “The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they come. This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried, the care and attention to the appropriate placement and transport, and the final disposition. The cremated remains should be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium. The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition the Church requires.” – Order of Christian Funerals

    If you have the cremated remains of a loved one that you would like to entomb, please contact us, (518) 463-0134 or info@rcdacemeteries.org.

    We encourage family, friends, and others who wish to pay their respects to join us for the All Souls Committal Mass Service.

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

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

  4. 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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