Cemetery Rules & Regulations
Lots, ownership and maintenance
Persons desiring to purchase lots should visit the Cemetery where the Family Services Counselor will aid them in making a selection. (Burial Options/Contact us)
The general care of the Cemetery is assumed by The Catholic Cemeteries and includes the cutting of grass at reasonable intervals, the raking and cleaning of the grounds, and the pruning of shrubs and trees that have been placed by The Catholic Cemeteries. The general care assumed by The Catholic Cemeteries shall in no case mean the maintenance, repair or replacement of any vase, basket, bench or memorial placed or erected upon lots.
Lot owners desiring additional care of their lots may arrange for such care with the Cemetery Office, which will be glad to give an estimate of the cost of the work desired. Upon payment of the fees, Management will provide the services within a reasonable period of time.
Ongoing, additional care by the cemetery staff can be arranged by the lot owner through the establishment of an endowment created with the assistance of the Corporate Office.
The laws of the State of Minnesota govern the descent of title to cemetery lots, as well as other matters pertaining to assignments, conveyances, devises, trust deeds and inalienability. The Management will gladly assist any lot owner who desires information or advice on questions pertaining to his lot.
The Cemetery is open for interments daily, with the exception of Sundays and the following major holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
In order to maintain a high standard of care and to eliminate sunken graves caused by collapse of wooden boxes it is required that all burials be made in an approved outer burial container. All such containers must be so made and installed as to meet specifications established by the Management.
The Catholic Cemeteries reserves the right to insist upon adequate and reasonable notice prior to any interment.
The appropriate disposition of cremated remains is inurnment or entombment within an established cemetery. The scattering of cremated remains is prohibited. Other practices, such as division of cremated remains, are not in accord with the teachings of the Catholic Church. (link to cremation)
A body may be removed from the single grave or lot in which burial was originally made, to another location in the Cemetery, when there has been an exchange or purchase for that purpose, but it may not be removed from the Cemetery for burial elsewhere, without the permission of the Management and of the Health Department.
Authority to make the removal must be signed by the owner of the lot from which the removal is to be made, and by the next of kin of the decedent, in accordance with the laws of the State of Minnesota.
In order to insure minimal damage to the cemetery grounds, and the outside container or casket, removals from the ground should not be done between November 15 and April 1 of any given year or when the ground is frozen, extremely wet or in otherwise poor condition.
Plants and flowers
- Decorating the grave with fresh cut flowers is welcomed and encouraged. Permanent flower vases can be purchased at the cemetery office.
- To protect both visitors and cemetery workers from injury during use of heavy equipment, artificial flowers are not permitted in the cemeteries during the mowing season (April through October), except in monument vases.
- Glass containers are not permitted at any burial site at any time.
- Artificial flowers, decorations or other ornaments are allowed during the days immediately before and after Memorial Day, or at the discretion of the Cemetery management.
- Natural evergreen wreaths are permitted from November through early March, and may be purchased through the cemetery office.
- No planting of any kind may be done in the ground at grave sites; decorations deemed objectionable can be removed at the discretion of the Cemetery management.
- Flowers, plants and decorations placed on graves during the mowing season of April through October will be removed weekly in order to carry out the normal lawn care and maintenance procedures.
- Special occasions such as holidays or holy days may necessitate special rules and instructions; please contact the cemetery office for assistance.
- Only cemetery approved and supplied flower vases and emblems are permitted on mausoleum crypt or niche faces. Please visit the cemetery office to inquire about these flower vases and emblems. All other vases, emblems, and other decorations will be deemed inappropriate and removed at cemetery discretion.
- Flowers placed at the time of an interment will be left a minimum of three days. It is suggested that potted plants from funerals not be left in the cemetery since they will be discarded. The Catholic Cemeteries cannot accept responsibility for ensuring that flowers and other decorations remain in place.
- Each week during the growing season cemetery personnel remove unsightly (wilted flowers) decorations from graves, crypts and niches. Normally, spring clean-up begins in early March, weather permitting, and all winter decorations are removed at this time. Fall clean-up begins in October and all summer decorations are removed at this time.
- It is not possible for cemetery employees to attend all areas of the cemeteries during normal cemetery hours. As a consequence, there are occasions when flowers and decorations have been stolen. The cemetery cannot assume any liability for decorations placed on burial sites. We recommend that families take this into consideration when selecting flowers or decorations for graves, crypts or niches.
Monuments and memorials
Due to the nature of memorial work, the rules governing it can be technical. Our Family Service Counselors are ready to assist you in selecting the memorial best suited to your needs. (link to products)