In the life of every person, there comes a time when we
are faced with the death of someone we love. At that moment we rely upon our
faith in Jesus and His promise of resurrection to all who believe. At that same
time we are surrounded by individuals and a community of believers wanting to
express comfort and consolation.
Since the time of Jesus, the burial of the Christian faithful has been a part
of our Church experience. Catholic Cemeteries exist because of our belief in
the resurrection of the body, in some new shape or form, at the end of time.
If we recall correctly, it has been at least six years since we last held our very popular photography contest. It drew photographers of all ages and skill levels to cemeteries managed by Albany Diocesan Cemeteries to take pictures of things they found interesting to them. This year, we’ve extended the submission deadline to June 15, 2021 to give participants 3 additional seasons to photograph, and in hopeful anticipation of being able to hold a gallery exhibit in 2021, featuring contest submissions at The Living Room Art Gallery located at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery. The contest can be done safely with social distancing – easy to do in any of our cemeteries. Albany Diocesan Cemeteries has 19 cemeteries located in the Capital District to choose from and all of them feature beautiful nature, statuary, architecture and interesting gravestones and many have spectacular views. We will offer generous prize money and there is no entry fee. Grab your camera or camera phone and visit the peaceful beauty of our sacred grounds. Further information including contest rules and a registration form can be found here: https://blog.capitaldistrictcemeteries.org/adc-photography-contest-2020/
We make a promise as a nation never to forget our veterans, and never doesn’t have an expiration date. Therefore, we're introducing a program during 2020-2021in historic St. Mary’s Cemetery in Troy, NY to clean and restore veteran gravestones and markers, assuring that our veterans are buried in properly marked graves. Founded in 1844, there are soldiers in St. Mary's Cemetery that served during the Civil War, the Vietnam War and even more recent conflicts. Many of the older gravestones have deteriorated over time because of the elements. We would like to reverse that as best we can by cleaning the veteran gravestones - making them legible again and resetting as many fallen gravestones as possible. $50 will Sponsor a Veterans Gravestone Cleaning $125 will Sponsor a Veterans Gravestone Cleaning and Reset, restoring the veteran's gravestone to as close to the original state as possible - helping preserve it for generations. If you wish, you can choose a specific soldier from a list of over 130 soldiers in St. Mary's which provides (if legible) the veteran's name, current photo of the marker or monument, US state, branch, rank, unit, what war they fought in, date of birth and death. Interested in sponsoring restoration of a monument or marker within another of our 19 cemeteries? Call us and we will add it to our restoration work! With your sponsorship, you can also choose to Adopt A Soldier in memory of a loved one, and/or publish your name, company or organization name, or “in memory of” adoption information on our Adopt A Soldier list. Albany Diocesan Cemeteries takes our commitment to uphold and honor our veterans service to heart and hold true to that promise by doing what we can to restore as many of the memorials of these long deceased veterans as possible. For more information: https://blog.capitaldistrictcemeteries.org/st-marys-veteran-restoration-project/ Thank you all for your support!
Albany Diocesan Cemeteries offers a Christmas Decoration program with blankets, wreaths and *vases (*in some mausoleums) available for purchase to honor your loved ones buried our 19 Albany Diocesan Cemeteries. We will even do the decorating for you! It’s easy to take advantage of this convenient way to remember your loved ones. Wreaths and blankets are made from fresh evergreen boughs and sprigs decorated with red poinsettias. Menands: St. Agnes Niskayuna: Most Holy Redeemer Rotterdam: Sts. Cyril and Method, Holy Cross Troy: St. Mary’s, St. John’s, and St. Jean de Baptiste Colonie: Our Lady of Angels Glenmont: Calvary, Our Lady Help of Christians Coeymans: St. Patrick’s Coxsacke: St. Mary’s Glenville: St. Anthony’s Waterford: St. Joseph’s Schenectady: St. Mary’s, St. John the Baptist Watervliet: St. Patrick’s, Immaculate Conception More information: https://blog.capitaldistrictcemeteries.org/albany-diocesan-cemeteries-christmas-decoration-program/
Fall/Winter cemetery visiting hours are 7:30am – 4pm, Columbus Day- Memorial Day. Please note, the gates to St. Agnes will be locked each day at 4:00pm, and re-open at 7:30am. Gate hours are generally daylight hours, unless otherwise noted. Thank you for visiting us!
Virtual Retreat: Saturday October 24, 2020 10:45am-3:00pm Losing a child under any circumstances is horrendous. Focusing on the spirituality of the grieving process can help tremendously. Just as He comforted His grieving disciples on the road to Emmaus, Jesus comforts us and we comfort each other in this very special ministry. Join other Emmaus Parent Companions in a warm and loving place— to think, to talk, to feel, and to pray. Find compassion, rest, and peace… at least for a time. All Are Welcome! Donation: Optional Free-Will Offering to cover technical support, retreat materials and shipping costs. Pre-registration is required. To register, go to: https://www.emfgp.org/. For more information: Linda Banker (518) 526-5824 Harley McDevitt is spearheading the effort to bring more Emmaus Ministry retreats to the Diocese of Albany. For more information on adopting the ministry at your parish, call Harley at 518-641-6823 or Diane Monaghan at 617-542-8057.
Pastoral Visitation to the Sick, Elderly and Homebound Formation and Skill Building Workshops The Pastoral Care Ministry offers skill building and formation workshops for those interested in volunteering as a visitor to the sick, elderly, and homebound. The weekly sessions are offered for those who are currently involved in the Pastoral Care Ministry as a Coordinator, Parish Visitor, Faith Community Nurse, or Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. The sessions will be a combination of presentations, interactive exercises, and readings. Presentation topics include: The art of pastoral visitation Communication skills Theology of pastoral care Ritual and sacraments in pastoral ministry Spiritual assessment Illness issues Care giving issues Grief and loss Death and dying Suffering and faith When: Spring 2021. details TBA Time: Mondays 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM and Saturday 8:30 AM-3:00 PM Location: St. Edward the Confessor Church, Clifton Park, NY. Cost: $60.00 (Includes cost of book and all handout material) Attendance is required at all sessions in order to receive a certificate of completion. For more information visit https://www.rcda.org/PastoralCareTraining, or contact Maria Schollenberger at [email protected] or at 518-641-6818 or call Harley McDevitt, Director, at 518-641-6823
The Fall cemetery and lot decoration cleanup will begin on Wednesday, November 1 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 14, 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!
This event is canceled due to Covid safety protocols. In honor of All Souls Day, Albany Diocesan Cemeteries offers Reverence for All Souls – All Souls Committal Service; free entombment of cremated remains. Monday, November 2, 2020 at 2:00pm Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery 2501 Troy Rd. Niskayuna, NY 12309 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. Albany Diocesan Cemeteries provides this service to assure that the proper care and reverential disposition of cremated remains is available to all Catholics. In a special service on All Souls Day, Albany Diocesan Cemeteries will provide this service for Catholic families who have cremated remains they wish to entomb. Memorial butterflies are available to be installed near the crypt. “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 before November at (518) 374-5319 or [email protected] We encourage family, friends, and others who wish to pay their respects to join us for the All Souls Committal Mass Service.
Virtual Retreat: Saturday November 21, 2020 10:45am-3:00pm Losing a child under any circumstances is horrendous. Focusing on the spirituality of the grieving process can help tremendously. Just as He comforted His grieving disciples on the road to Emmaus, Jesus comforts us and we comfort each other in this very special ministry. Join other Emmaus Parent Companions in a warm and loving place— to think, to talk, to feel, and to pray. Find compassion, rest, and peace… at least for a time. All Are Welcome! Donation: Optional Free-Will Offering to cover technical support, retreat materials and shipping costs. Pre-registration is required. To register, go to: https://www.emfgp.org/. Harley McDevitt is spearheading the effort to bring more Emmaus Ministry retreats to the Diocese of Albany. For more information on adopting the ministry at your parish, call Harley at 518-641-6823 or Diane Monaghan at 617-542-8057.
Winter Memorial Masses in the Community Mausoleum at these 2 locations: St. Agnes Cemetery, 48 Cemetery Ave. Menands Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery- 2501 Troy Rd. Niskayuna Memorial Masses are held each Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter to honor loved ones that have passed. Family and friends are invited to attend these masses.
Albany Diocesan Cemetery business offices will close at 12:00 pm to celebrate Christmas with our staff. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, 8:30am - 4pm. Our ADC family wishes you and your family a blessed Christmas season!
Winter Memorial Mass in the Community Mausoleum at St. Mary's Cemetery - 79 Brunswick Rd. Troy. Memorial Masses are held each Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter to honor loved ones that have passed. Family and friends are invited to attend these masses.
April 1 - Memorial Day: Spring cemetery visiting hours are 7:30am – 6pm. Please note, the gates to St. Agnes will be locked each day at 6:00pm, and re-open at 7:30am. Gate hours are generally daylight hours, unless otherwise noted. Thank you for visiting us!
June 1 - Labor Day: Summer cemetery visiting hours are 7:30am – 8pm. Please note, the gates to St. Agnes will be locked each day at 8:00pm, and re-open at 7:30am. Gate hours are generally daylight hours, unless otherwise noted. Thank you for visiting us!