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.
Please note, our March 14 - April 4 paint classes have been postponed. We have some fun Winter/Spring 2020 Painting Classes at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery scheduled. Join us for relaxing, professionally guided classes at: The Living Room Art Gallery Located in Historic St. Agnes Cemetery’s Visitors Center 48 Cemetery Avenue, Menands, New York Painting Classes: Where Time Stands Still: Celebrating Life through Art in a Victorian Era Cemetery with artist & art instructor Noreen Powell. Painting Classes include good quality paints (acrylic & oil), brushes, various sized canvas, and delicious baked goods from the famed Schuyler Bakery, gourmet coffees, teas, juice and wonderful, positive energy. As with all our classes, no experience is necessary. Come, learn, paint, relax!! Paint Class prices are $30 for an 11 x 14 inch canvas or $25 for an 8 x 10 inch canvas unless noted otherwise. Reservations are necessary as space is limited. All classes are 10 AM – Noon January 10: The Couple: Two Snow Covered Pines in an Open Field January 24: January Thaw: A raging creek with ice formations January 31: Victorian Lamp Posts on a Boulevard at Night February 14: Bouquet of Roses and Baby’s Breath February 28: Dappled Sunlight Through the Trees March 13: Vase of Daffodils March 27: - POSTPONED - Dilapidated Boat House in a Cove April 3: - POSTPONED - Duck Pond with Cat-o-nine Tails and Water Lilies April 24: Starry Starry Night: The View from a Paris Balcony May 1: Magnolia Tree May 15: Bunch of Wildflowers on a Wooden Bench Dear Paint Club Members, please note that after seven years without a price increase, we had to go up a little bit to help offset our costs for material and instruction. Also please note that if we have a lot of painters on the wait list for a class, we will try to offer the same class again on a selected Wednesday. Download our Winter/Spring Paint Class Schedule. Seating is limited so register early. To register call Kelly Grimaldi at (518) 350-7679 or [email protected] Upcoming class schedules can also be found on our Blog (under the main menu tab of our website) where events are also posted.
In order to help protect the people we serve and our staff, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily limit visitors to our offices and community mausoleums to those who have appointments or memorial services. Many individuals that we serve come to our offices to make at-need arrangements for a recently deceased loved one. Many are older adults and if they do not already have pre-existing at-risk conditions, they’re compromised in some ways by the heavy toll that grief takes physically and emotionally. In order to help protect these individuals and our staff, we are taking preventative measures seriously. Our staff will continue to happily assist anyone with needs and questions, but we ask that inquiries are made via phone or email first. We will not be processing genealogy requests at this time in order to keep our office staff available for at-need services. We also wish to assure all that our grounds crew and office staff are taking preventative measures seriously and doing everything we can to keep staff and our working environments as safe for all as possible. We pray that you and your loved ones continue to enjoy good health and blessings. Our contact information: Email: [email protected]; Albany/Troy office: (518) 463-0134; Schenectady/Colonie office: (518) 374-5319.
Winter decoration clean-up for our cemeteries and lots will begin on Monday, April 1st at all Albany Diocesan Cemeteries. Lot owners are requested to remove any decorations they wish to save before April 1st. Fresh cut flowers in an approved vase are always permitted provided they are in good condition. 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. Grounds staff are instructed to leave any permitted new seasonal decoration that appears to be newly placed and is in accordance with the current Cemetery Rules and Regulations. Of course, this is a judgment call for our staff, so it is better to wait until after the cleanup to place decorations. Items placed in violation of cemetery rules and regulations or in disrepair may be removed and discarded at any time. Download a PDF document from the link above for more information regarding our cemeteries decoration regulations. Thank you for helping to keep our cemeteries beautiful!
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]
POSTPONED: THE SERIOUS SIDE OF FOOD Originally Scheduled Program Dates: Wednesdays 6:30 – 8pm on May 20, 27, June 3, 10 and 17 This series has been postponed until further notice. A reading and discussion program sponsored by Humanities NY in conjunction with Albany Diocesan Cemeteries. This is a five-part series with 90-minute sessions. Registration required, space is limited. Come join us in The Living Room Art Gallery located in the Visitors Center at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery, 48 Cemetery Avenue, Menands, NY for an interesting and enlightening program series offered free of charge. This reading and discussion series explores the complex, often overlooked personal, social, and cultural relationships we have with food, from the politics of food production to diet fads. Led by Professors Annette Crawford-Harris and Linda S. Pezzolesi, participants will engage in lively conversation based on assigned readings from texts selected by noted restaurant critic Mimi Sheraton. This series will explore an aspect of our culture that often gets taken for granted: food. Food provides both nourishment and pleasure, of course, but under the surface of each meal lies a series of complex interactions and entanglements. Working with histories, novels, and journalism, this series exposes some of the issues that lie on our plates. Reading materials will be provided to participants in advance. Contact Kelly Grimaldi, 518-350-7679 or [email protected] for info/registration.
Please join us as we gather with Capital Region families at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, 2501 Troy Rd., Niskayuna, NY 12309 for a special prayer service to honor the memory of all the babies who were born into the arms of angels, and celebrate the joy of love. Dedicated in 2013, the Remembrance Garden is a memorial for those who have experienced the devastating loss of a baby, whether it was years ago or a more recent loss. It has blossomed into a place of peaceful reflection for families who have experienced a miscarriage or the death of a baby, either before it was born or shortly after birth. The Remembrance Garden is a place to memorialize a life that ended far too soon, and is intended to bring comfort to those whose empty arms bring such heartache.
As the country begins preparations to celebrate Memorial Day, Our Lady of Angels Cemetery is planning to join thousands of Catholic cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, "Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes." This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both active duty military and veterans. Bishop Emeritus Howard J. Hubbard will celebrate Mass at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 25 at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, 1389 Central Avenue in Colonie. Veterans are invited to serve as lectors and Eucharistic Ministers, or participate in the presentation of gifts. Veterans attending the Mass will receive a special lapel pin. Please call (518) 374-5319 for more information or to volunteer. Note: When should small flags displayed on graves on Memorial Day be removed? Flags should be removed as soon as possible after Memorial Day as recommended by the American Legion.
Summer Memorial Mass in the Community Mausoleum at St. Agnes Cemetery- 48 Cemetery Ave. Menands. 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.
Summer Memorial Masses in the Community Mausoleums at: St. Mary's Cemetery, 79 Brunswick Rd. Troy 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.
Fall Memorial Mass in the Community Mausoleums at: St. Agnes Cemetery- 48 Cemetery Ave. Menands Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery- 2501 Troy Rd. Niskauyna 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.
Fall Memorial Masses in the Community Mausoleum at these 2 locations: - Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery- 2501 Troy Rd. Niskayuna - St. Agnes Cemetery - 48 Cemetery Ave. Menands 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.
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!
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.
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.