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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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See where we are and find the place that best meet your needs.

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

March, 2021

  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]

June, 2021

  1. Tue
    01
    Cemetery Visiting Hours: Summer
    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!

August, 2021

  1. Mon
    16
    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 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. 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.

September, 2021

  1. Mon
    06
    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. Fri
    10
    Bereavement Support Group Facilitator Training
    For parishioners currently working with the bereaved of a parish and/or who will be setting up a bereavement support group in the parish. Participants must be invited and pre-screened by Parish Leadership or Pastoral Care Coordinator (screening material available from Pastoral Care Ministry Office) Each Bereavement Support Group should have 2 Co-Facilitators; thus, we encourage 2 appropriately screened people to be registered for the training, either both from the same parish or 2 from different parishes within the same vicariate. 3 Day Training WHEN: Friday 9/10/21, Friday, 9/17/21 and Saturday 9/18/21 WHERE: St. Paul the Apostle Church, 2733 Albany St., Schenectady, NY TRAINERS: Davia Boyle Davia is a graduate of Maria College Bereavement Studies Program and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Maria College since 2010. She worked as a Bereavement Services Coordinator for a local funeral home for 8 years and has volunteered for Community Hospice, Wave Riders and facilitated Bereavement Support Groups, as well as workshops on grief management. Margaret Syrett Margaret became involved in Compassionate Friends, after the death of her son in 1980. She volunteered as a co-leader of their support groups for 22 years. She worked at Community Hospice of Schenectady as a Bereavement Coordinator for 6 years and at a local funeral home as a Bereavement Coordinator for 2 years, before retiring in 2002. FEE: $125.00 (Includes cost of book, hand-out material, morning refreshments and lunch); please note that the fee is non-refundable unless the event is cancelled Topics presented include: Defining normal grief: grieving is natural; not grieving is unnatural Identifying types of losses and factors that affect grieving patterns Exploring different types of grief and when to refer to a professional or another group Identifying gender differences in grieving, including styles of grieving Discussing the impact of religion, spirituality and culture on grief/grieving Identifying coping mechanisms and destructive ways of coping Exploring the answers to “How do we Heal/Reinvest in Life?” Interviewing and screening participants Discussing the basics of facilitation Discussing types of groups and environments, group dynamics and group processes Troubleshooting and dealing with problem participants Experiencing and evaluating a mock group Identifying means of self-care for facilitators Bereavement Resources   Training sessions include information on discernment and boundaries, group experiences, presentations, interactive exercises, prayer and reflection. Attendance at all sessions is required for a Certificate. Limited to 18 registrants; pre-screening and pre-registration are required. For more information, please contact: Harley McDevitt, Director of Pastoral Care Ministry 40 N. Main Ave., Albany, NY 12203 [email protected] 518-641-6823
  3. Mon
    13
    Pastoral Visitation Training for the Sick, Elderly and Homebound
    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 - September 13, September 20, September 27 and Saturday - October 2, 2021 Time: Mondays 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM and Saturday 8:30 AM-3:00 PM Location: St. Edward the Confessor Church, 569 Clifton Park Center Rd., Clifton Park, NY Cost: $60.00 (Includes cost of book and all handout material); please note that the fee is non-refundable unless the event is cancelled Attendance is required at all sessions in order to receive a certificate of completion. The Presenters will be: Margaret Anderton, MDiv,  D.Min., received her Doctor of Ministry from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and a Master of Divinity from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry. She completed 5 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Albany Medical Center. She is a chaplain for the Hospice Inn and Palliative Care Team at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. Margaret Griffin, M.S., M.A., received a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry and a Master of Science from Abilene Christian University, Texas. She completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Albany Medical Center. Margaret retired from active duty Air Force after 22 years of service. She returned to the area and recently retired after a total of 40 years working as a nurse practitioner. She served as a lay chaplain at Albany Medical Center. 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

October, 2021

  1. Wed
    13
    Pastoral Care Ministry Annual Day of Rest & Spiritual Renewal
    A Pastoral Care Ministry Day of Rest & Spiritual Renewal “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” - John 10:10b We invite you to spend the day with Pastoral Care Ministry colleagues and friends as we refresh and renew our spirits. Chris Koellhoffer, a Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM – Scranton), is an author, presenter, and spiritual guide. “We inhabit a world that is both beautiful and wounded. In our ministries of pastoral care, we’re often drawn into companioning others whose lives are fragile or broken by illness, loss, or grief. What are we to do when the very service we offer taps so deeply into our reserves of compassion and energy? We may find hints in the unfolding season of spring where we see viriditas, the greening power of life envisioned by Hildegard of Bingen. As caregivers engaged in the healing and repairing of our world, we’re invited to enter a day of greening that offers us Sabbath time, a chance to assess our energy and spirit, restore our balance, and move us towards the fullness of abundant life God dreams for us. This day will include stillness, prayer, reflection, and conversation for our own nurturing, well-being, and the greening of our lives.” 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Check-in 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.)  Carondelet Hospitality Center, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, New York Admission Fee: $35.00 To register online, please visit: http://webapps.rcda.org/PastoralCareRegistration  (Note: Any registrations for the postponed 2020, as well as June 16, 2021, Pastoral Care Day of Rest & Spiritual Renewal, will automatically be carried to October 13, 2021.) For more information:  Contact Maria Schollenberger at [email protected], or 518-641-6818 or Harley McDevitt, Director, at 518-641-6823
  2. Wed
    20
    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, 2021

  1. Mon
    01
    Fall Cemetery Clean Up
    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!
  2. Tue
    02
    Reverence for All Souls – All Souls Committal Service
    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.
  3. Wed
    24
    Thanksgiving Eve
    Our offices will close at Noon to begin celebrating Thanksgiving with family. We will resume normal business hours on Friday. Happy Thanksgiving eve!
  4. Thu
    25
    Thanksgiving Day- offices closed
    Albany Diocesan Cemetery business offices are closed Thanksgiving Day. We will re-open for normal business hours tomorrow at 8:30am. Wishing you and your family Thanksgiving blessings!

December, 2021

  1. Fri
    10
    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!
  2. Fri
    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!
  3. Sat
    25
    Christmas Day- Business offices are closed
    Albany Diocesan Cemetery business offices are closed Christmas Day. We will re-open for normal business hours on Tuesday at 8:30am. Merry Christmas!
  4. Mon
    27
    Christmas (Observed)
    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!
  5. Fri
    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!