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.
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!
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!