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A sacred place, a Catholic cemetery serves the faithful and witnesses to the entire world the Good News of Jesus Christ and the hope we share in the resurrection. It is a place where the signs and  symbols of our faith are displayed with pride and reverence.

A Catholic Cemetery is the appropriate place for gathering in ritual prayer, such as the Right of Committal as well as a fitting place for private prayer and reflection.

Please join us for memorial masses and remembrance services, history lectures, art classes, and gallery exhibits. Visit our News & Events page for upcoming events, and subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

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We can also provide individual tours of space available in our cemeteries, or historical tours for individuals or groups.

April, 2019

  1. Mon
    08
    Don’t forget to include your family’s cemetery monuments on your cleaning list!
    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]

August, 2019

  1. Mon
    19
    Anatomical Gift Program Memorial Service at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery
    The annual Anatomical Gift Program Memorial Service at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, NY will take place on Monday, August 19, 2019 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.Family and friends of individuals who chose to donate and are being interred are invited to join our staff and the medical students of this program for a very poignant memorial service at the St. Agnes Cemetery Mausoleum.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, 521 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, medical students and others who wish to pay their respects to join us to honor those who have made this sacrifice.
  2. Fri
    30
    St. Agnes Historic Tour with Lunch
    Catholic Rural Cemeteries such as our lovely St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands founded in 1867 played a very important role in the way the remains of the departed were respected throughout the decades.  They still are important and uphold traditions intrinsic to the Catholic mission to treat the living and the dead with love and compassion.  Nothing in the basic sentiment of St. Agnes Cemetery’s original charter has changed. It was designed to be a place of peace with orderly, well maintained grounds in perpetuity.  The tranquil beauty of these sacred grounds draws thousands of visitors annually. I am offering a short informational tour of the historic sections in St. Agnes Cemetery to lend attendees insight on why rural cemeteries were established and why monuments look the way they do. If you would like to join me on August 30 at 11 AM  for a tour ending with a lovely luncheon at noon on cemetery grounds overlooking the Hudson River Valley contact me for ticket purchase by August 27. Space is limited! Ticket price is $25 and includes lunch.  And don’t forget to check our website for details on the September 19th Menand House Garden Party!

September, 2019

  1. Mon
    02
    Labor Day- Business offices are closed
    Albany Diocesan Cemetery business offices are closed in observance of Labor Day. We will re-open for normal business hours the following day at 8:30am.
  2. Sat
    07
    Fall Memorial Mass- St. Agnes, Menands
    Fall 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.
  3. Fri
    13
    Fall/Winter 2019 Art Classes at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery
    We have some fun Fall 2019 art and painting classes at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery planned to help us transition from the hot summer months to the cool, crisp days of fall and early winter. Join us for relaxing, professionally guided painting classes at:The Living Room Art Gallery, Located in Historic St. Agnes Cemetery’s Visitors Center: 48 Cemetery Ave., Menands, NYClasses include paints (acrylic & oil), brushes, various sized canvas, and delicious baked goods from the famed Schuyler Bakery, gourmet coffees and teas and wonderful, positive energy.Prices are $25 for an 11 x 14 inch canvas or $20 for an 8 x 10 inch canvas unless noted otherwise.Sept. 13, 10am – Noon: County Road with Old Mailbox (A lesson in linear perspective) Sept. 27, 10am – Noon: Lavender Field in Provence (A lesson in Impressionism) Oct. 11, 10am – Noon: Copper Vase with Forgotten Flowers (Capturing the beauty of fading blooms) Oct. 25, 10am – Noon: Harvest Moon (A lesson in light and dark contrast) Nov. 15, 10am – Noon: Noreen’s Magpie (Adapted from Monet’s original Magpie) Nov. 22, 10am – 1:00 (3 hour class): Nature in the Abstract with Dorothea Osborn Nov. 29, 10am – Noon: Gray Barn in a Field on a Gray Day Nov. 30, 10am – 1:00 (3 hour Saturday class): Van Gogh’s Autumn Avenue Dec. 6, 10AM – Noon: Iced Grape Vine (A lesson in translucent light) Dec. 20, 10AM – Noon: Painting in the Style of Mary Cassatt (Lesson in shape and highlighting) Seating is limited so register early. To register call Kelly Grimaldi at (518) 350-7679 or email [email protected] with all our classes, no experience is necessary. Come, learn, paint, relax!To register call Kelly Grimaldi at 518-350-7679 or email [email protected]
  4. Sat
    14
    Fall Memorial Masses- Most Holy & St. Mary's Cemeteries
    Fall Memorial Masses in the Community Mausoleum at these 2 locations:- Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery- 2501 Troy Rd. Niskayuna- 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.
  5. Thu
    19
    Louis Menand House Garden Party
    September 19, 2019   4:30 – 7:30 PMTickets: $35., please RSVP by 9/1.Featuring trolley rides and live graveside skits with Albany Civic Theater on Founders’ Hill in Historic St. Agnes Cemetery.In celebration of the restoration of the home once belonging to the Menand Village’s namesake and once world-famous horticulturist, Albany Diocesan Cemeteries will host a very special garden party on the grounds of the Louis Menand House built circa 1846! Join us for a late summer gathering of friends and supporters of historic preservation and enjoy good food, wine and beer before boarding a trolley to Founders’ Hill to watch upbeat and amusing skits highlighting some of the notable people interred in St. Agnes Cemetery.All proceeds go towards the restoration and beautification of the Menand House and surrounding grounds.For information or reservations, contact Kelly at [email protected] or (518) 350-7679.

October, 2019

  1. Wed
    16
    Staff Training Session- Offices close at Noon
    Albany Diocesan Cemetery offices will close at Noon for a staff training. We will re-open for normal business hours the following day at 8:30am.

November, 2019

  1. Fri
    01
    Fall Cemetery Clean Up
    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!
  2. Fri
    01
    Reverence for All Souls – All Souls Committal Service
    In honor of All Souls Day, Albany Diocesan Cemeteries offers Reverence for All Souls – All Souls Committal Service; free entombment of cremated remains.Friday, November 1, 2019, 2:00pmMost Holy Redeemer Cemetery2501 Troy Rd. Niskayuna, NY 12309Albany 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.Historic St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, NY 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 FuneralsIf you have the cremated remains of a loved one that you would like to entomb, please contact us at (518) 463-0134 or [email protected] encourage family, friends, and others who wish to pay their respects to join us for the All Souls Committal Mass Service.
  3. Wed
    27
    Thanksgiving Eve- Business offices close at Noon
    Albany Diocesan Cemetery business offices will close at Noon. Happy Thanksgiving preparation!
  4. Thu
    28
    Thanksgiving Day- Business offices are closed
    Albany Diocesan Cemetery business offices are closed Thanksgiving Day. We will re-open for normal business hours Friday at 8:30am.

December, 2019

  1. Sat
    07
    Winter Memorial Masses- St. Agnes & Most Holy Redeemer
    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.
  2. Fri
    13
    Staff Christmas Gathering- business offices close at 12 pm.
    Albany Diocesan Cemetery business offices will close at 12:00 pm to celebrate Christmas with our staff. Our ADC family wishes you and your family a blessed Christmas season!
  3. Sat
    14
    Winter Memorial Mass- St. Mary's Cemetery, Troy
    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.
  4. Tue
    24
    Christmas Eve- business offices close at Noon
    Albany Diocesan Cemetery business offices will close at Noon on Christmas Eve. Wishing you a blessed Christmas!
  5. Wed
    25
    Christmas Day- Business offices are closed
    Albany Diocesan Cemetery business offices are closed Christmas Day. We will re-open for normal business hours tomorrow at 8:30am. Merry Christmas!
  6. Tue
    31
    New Year’s Eve- business offices close at 12 pm
    Albany Diocesan Cemetery business offices will close at 12:00 pm in observance of New Year’s Eve. Our ADC family wishes you and your family a Happy New Year!

January, 2020

  1. Wed
    01
    New Year’s Day 2020- business offices closed
    Albany Diocesan Cemetery business offices are closed New Year’s Day. We will re-open for normal business hours the following business day at 8:30am. Happy New Year!

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