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/
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 518-350-7679 or email [email protected]
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!
The Fall cemetery and lot decoration cleanup will begin on Monday, 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 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!
Albany Diocesan Cemetery business offices are closed on December 27th in observation of Christmas. We will re-open for normal business hours Dec. 28that 8:30am. Wishing you and your family Christmas and New Year blessings!