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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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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

July

  1. Sat
    01
    Summer Art Gallery Group Exhibit

    Interpretation of Nature – Abstract & Realism Collection
    - Group Art Gallery Exhibit -
    Presented by ASEO: Artists Who Support Each Other

    On Exhibit: July 1 – August 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, August 4th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM

    Exhibiting Artists:
    Carol Barre, M. Edie Cannizzo, Heather Hutchison, Marion Leap, Mary Frances Millet, Karen Woodin

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




August

  1. Mon
    14
    Anatomical Gift Program Memorial Service at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery

    The annual Anatomical Gift Program Memorial Service at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, NY will take place on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 2:00pm. St. Agnes Cemetery donates grave space and interment services for Catholics who have donated their bodies to the Anatomical Gift Program at the Albany Medical College.

    Family and friends of individuals who chose to donate and are being interred are invited to join our staff and the medical students of this program for a very poignant memorial service at the St. Agnes Cemetery Mausoleum.

    In 1983 Albany Diocesan Cemeteries partnered with Albany Medical Center to offer grave space in appreciation and respect for the sacrifice that these individuals and their families have made for medical science. Since then, 481 Anatomical Gift interments have been completed.

    When studies by medical students are completed, the body is cremated and placed in an urn. After the memorial service, each urn is buried in an individual grave. The grave has enough space to permit the burial of a second urn, of a spouse or close relative. The grave may be marked with a bronze memorial and flower vase. Bronze memorials may be purchased at the cemetery.

    We encourage family, friends, medical students and others who wish to pay their respects to join us to honor those who have made this sacrifice.

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. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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/

  6. 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. 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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