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]
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.
Tenth Annual Day of Rest and Spiritual Renewal at the Carondelet Hospitality Center, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY. Presenter, Christine Koellhoffer, IHM., will speak on “Greening Our Lives”, using the scripture anchor John10:10b “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly”. There will also be other presentations, discussions, quiet reflection and celebration of the Eucharist. This event sells out each year, and early registration ($30 registration fee) ends 7/31/20. If there are still slots available after the early registration period ends, the registration fee increases to $35. This program includes light breakfast fare, as well as a complimentary lunch. Pre-Registration is required. For more information: Contact Maria Schollenberger at [email protected], or 518-641-6818 or Harley McDevitt, Director, at 518-641-6823
Postponed: Saturday October 24, 2020 9:30am-7:00pm Church of St. Mary, 163 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer, NY 12144 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 and our St. Clement’s Church Emmaus Ministry Retreat Team 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! Co-sponsored by Church of St. Mary, Rensselaer and St. Henry’s Church, Averill Park Donation: $25 Individuals; $40 Couples Scholarships are available. 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: Mondays – October 26, November 2 & 9 and Saturday, November 14 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!
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.