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.
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!
Albany Diocesan Cemeteries will host a gravestone restoration workshop on July 28 under the direction of cemetery historian and preservationist, Kelly Grimaldi. July 28, 2021 10:00am – 12:30pm St. Agnes Cemetery: 48 Cemetery Ave. Menands, NY 12204 Participants will learn correct cleaning techniques and how to make simple repairs to cracked or broken stones. This workshop will focus on cleaning historic marble gravestones located in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. Under the guidance of cemetery preservationist, Kelly Grimaldi, participants will learn how to safely and effectively clean stones using D2 Biological Solution and nylon brushes. This is a hands-on workshop. Participants will need to dress appropriately to work outside. Working on old gravestones is a fun and relaxing way to spend a few hours on the grounds of a beautiful Victorian era cemetery! Many stones in the cemetery date back to the mid-19th century. Over the decades they have blackened with pollutants and suffer the unsightly and damaging impact of lichen, mold, and moss. With a little effort and knowledge, you can ensure memorials to long departed souls are preserved for many more years to come. The cleaning solution and brushes will be provided. Please bring waterproof gloves and a bucket or dishpan to hold rinse water. This is a free workshop. Pre-registration is necessary. Space is limited. Contact Kelly at 518-350-7679 or [email protected] to register.
The annual Anatomical Gift Program Memorial Service at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, NY will take place on Monday, August 16, 2021 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 and wish to be interred in St. Agnes Cemetery. Family and friends of individuals who chose to donate and are being interred are invited to join our staff for a very poignant memorial service. This year’s service is scheduled to take place outside by the cemetery cutting garden. 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, 567 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 and others who wish to pay their respects to join us to honor those who have made this sacrifice.
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!
This event is canceled due to Covid safety protocols. In honor of All Souls Day, Albany Diocesan Cemeteries is planning to offer Reverence for All Souls – All Souls Committal Service; free entombment of cremated remains. Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 2:00pm St. Agnes Cemetery: 48 Cemetery Ave. Albany, 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. Albany Diocesan Cemeteries provides the Reverence for All Souls service to assure that the proper care and reverential disposition of cremated remains is available to all Catholics. On All Souls Day, Albany Diocesan Cemeteries provides a special All Souls Committal Mass Service for Catholic families who have cremated remains they wish to entomb. Families may choose to purchase a bronze memorial butterfly through the cemetery for installation 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) 463-0134 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.
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!